Herald Sun Letters, 7 March 2016


Image: The Herald Sun's letters page, 7 March 2016. [Source: SayYes.org.au]

Maybe the headline on this page should have read:

News we invented that preschool children will be taught about sex sparked fury at heraldsun.com.au from people who believed us.

Sadly this is the result of a story that mischaracterised the new Starting Early program.

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News Limited paper spreads hysteria on sex education for toddlers

Today’s Sunday Herald Sun in Melbourne contained an article that seemed to good to be true, titled: “Toddlers to be taught about cross-dressing in controversial sex ed program”.  A link to the article is here:  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/toddlers-to-be-taught-about-crossdressing-in-controversial-sex-ed-program/news-story/7b935bb2e1573c1b2e748755d0f18986

The article, by Susie O’Brien, made a number of fantastic claims about new resources from Early Childhood Australia —

Toddlers will be taught about sex, sexuality and cross-dressing in a controversial national program being rolled out at childcare centres and kindergartens next month.

Educators will be encouraged to use dress-ups to explain cross-dressing to kids and may even take group tours of the opposite sex’s toilets as part of the Start Early initiative.

Teachers will use material provided by Early Childhood Australia, and books such as the book Children’s Sexual Development and Behaviour: Pants Aren’t Rude, by Pam Linke.

Sadly, the article is not true, according to Early Childhood Australia.

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