Sex a taboo topic at home

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 June, 2012, 12:00am

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A survey on teenagers' sexual knowledge found that they seldom discuss the topic with their parents.

The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong (FPAHK) surveyed 3,775 students from Form One to Form Seven between last October and January. Results show that teenagers get their knowledge about sexuality mostly from schools, peers and the media.

The FPAHK stressed that sex education ought to start from an early age. Parents should also play an active role in educating their children about their sexuality.

The FPAHK has set up the FPA Jockey Club Youth Zone, an activity and resource centre. Its aim is to help parents teach their children about sex. The centre covers six themes, including knowledge on safe sex and correct attitudes.

The group hopes the centre will help people, young and old, to tackle an often-taboo subject more openly.

Sex education, it said, is vital to help young people improve their self-esteem. It is also crucial for their psychological development.