Sex Education

Babies do not come from rubbish dumps, Chinese sex education video says

Boys are like plugs and girls are like outlets. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A series of animated sex education videos have impressed Chinese audiences with their quirky methods of communicating the facts of life.

Friday, 8 November, 2013, 9:01am 2 comments

How to talk to your kids about sex

Male models gather for promotion at the new Abercrombie & Fitch flagship store in Hong Kong. Photo: Edward Wong

I recently joined a good friend and her 18-year-old son for Sunday brunch. In the middle of the meal, her son began telling us about a girl he'd met. "We're sleeping together," he announced. We all stopped eating. His mother wriggled uncomfortably in her seat. The chopsticks fell out of my hand.

6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Hong Kong should focus on sex education as a matter of good health

Hong Kong should focus on sex education as a matter of good health. Photo: Sam Tsang

The public is up in arms about mainland mothers giving birth here, but is largely oblivious to a flood of young Hong Kong women and girls travelling across the border for the termination of unwanted pregnancies in substandard conditions.

11 Dec 2012 - 1:50am

CCTV sex education programme sparks controversy

The CCTV show stirred debate

A controversial state television programme promoting sexual education for children as young as kindergarten age has spurred a heated debate about how far mainlanders should go to shed their shyness about sex.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:58am 3 comments

Sex therapist Marty Klein urges schools to discuss intercourse

Dr Marty Klein

Accurate knowledge about sex and an open dialogue on the topic promotes contraception use and stops young people experiencing intercourse too early, an American sex therapist and educator says.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, November 3, 2012

SFC has had some reversals of fortune. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Differentiating legal and illegal trade

I refer to your editorial ("Make ivory the new shark's fin", October 24). The proposition that Hong Kong should regard any use of elephant ivory and shark fins as equally shameful, in order to better serve conservation interests, is in need of clarification.

3 Nov 2012 - 2:45am 1 comment

Growing acceptance of the need for sex education at mainland schools

Chen Shasha still remembers the distress she felt as a young girl when she asked her parents where she came from. The reply she received was one that many mainland children have heard for generations: they found her in a rubbish bin.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:06am

Hong Kong's schools need much better sex education

More than 40 per cent of local schools do not receive sex education from a qualified third-party provider. Photo: SCMP

I am writing in response to the editorial ("Wiser solution to teen pregnancy", October 4).

The editorial suggested that teen pregnancy does not seem to be a big problem in Hong Kong and stated that the census figures show that there were only 166 births to women under 18 in 2010.

18 Oct 2012 - 2:29am

Letters to the Editor, October 10, 2012

A Brazilian’s view of officials in a vote-buying trial. Photo: AFP

Government corruption not only Chinese

As a Chinese person, I find Jason Wordie’s article (“Hong Kong’s greedy officials are only playing to type”, October 4) deeply offensive.

10 Oct 2012 - 3:09am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, September 06, 2012

Cyclists have limited options in Hong Kong. Photo: Felix Wong

Critics of new subject are so intolerant

We are hearing a lot of talk about brainwashing by the new moral and national education syllabus. But who is doing the brainwashing? Do those small children who attend demonstrations really understand what they are protesting about, or are they being brainwashed by politicians, some teachers or even some parents?

6 Sep 2012 - 1:22am 7 comments

Sex a taboo topic at home

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.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Teens should start to value morality again

Sexuality is hardly taboo in the 21st century. Teenagers talk about it openly at school. Researchers look into it widely in studies. Reality shows use it frequently to lure more viewers.

When did casual discussion of sex-related topics become another routine part of our daily lives? I think it's sad.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Sex education play loses audience

A drama intended to educate young people about sex has lost some of its target audience.

Caritas' CSA Project play The Body Has Something to Say, which opened last Saturday at City Hall, can now only be seen by people aged 18 or over.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

There is wisdom in teaching sex education

My Primary Six daughter is doing sex education at school, and I feel it's too early to be learning about this subject. I've tried to talk to her about it, but she's really embarrassed and just clams up. I don't want to pull her out of the lessons, as this would make her stand out in front of her friends.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Talk on the wild side

How do you teach children about the birds and the bees in the digital age? Touchscreens mounted on the walls of the Family Planning Association's mobile classroom point to changing approaches. Housed in a converted truck, the facility is now equipped with tablet PCs and gaming devices instead of shelves of books and videos.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am