Should children be encouraged to use the correct terms about sexual anatomy or are slang words good enough? If slang words are used, are some more appropriate than others?

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Should children be encouraged to use the correct terms about sexual anatomy or are slang words good enough? If slang words are used, are some more appropriate than others?

Post  Amabel Hernandez on Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:04 am

Should children be encouraged to use the correct terms about sexual anatomy or are slang words good enough? If slang words are used, are some more appropriate than others?

At around the age of 3 children should ditch the baby names for their private parts. It is very important to teach your child the correct name for their body parts as well as to instill in them to keep that area private. A child who knows the correct names of the private area and knows that that area is private will be very alert and will be able to clearly tell the parent if anyone tries to touch them inappropriately.

It is also important to never let your child feel ashamed for being curious about his or her body, in fact if a child expresses curiosity of the private area, a parent should use that situation to teach the child. Teach boys what and where their testicles are and penis is , teach them these words no matter how mature they sound. Teach girls what their vagina is as well as their chest and nipples are, even though they may seem very young. Teach both girl and boy that their private areas (including their bottom) are private which means that only they can touch and look at the area, and to let no one (teachers, neighbors, or friends )look or touch that part of the body. A parent might catch their child touching his/her private area, this behavior is normal and very innocent, if a parent does catch their child doing this the parent must not yell or punish the child. If a parent would rather the child not touch him/herself it should be done so politely but firmly, however, some parents do choose to deem this behavior acceptable and innocent and take no action to it. It is up to parents to instill into their children what they feel is appropriate and inappropriate behavior. (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/319855/when_should_you_teach_children_the.html?cat=25)


Based on the said literature, Children around 3 years of age begin to notice whether they are a girl or a boy and tend to be curious about what their genitals are for and what they do. If they happen to see the genitals of someone of the other sex, they may also be curious about the physical differences between males and females. For example, a boy might say, “Look, I have a wee-wee (penis) and you don’t!” Or a girl might say, “I don’t have one of those (penis).” It is possible that preschool or child care may be the first opportunity that some boys and girls have to observe physical gender differences.
The natural curiosity of 3-year-olds creates an environment in which they are constantly exploring, noticing, and trying to make sense of their world. It is only expected that they would begin remarking about the obvious differences they see in their peers.
What to do: Respond casually and briefly. “That’s right, you have a penis and she does not.” And you might add, “ and she has a vagina.”
Much of what children learn about their sexual identity can occur in instances such as this one. Introducing sexual terminology is part of learning about real life. Learning the correct terms for body parts is crucial to the child’s well-being and social-emotional development.
Avoid remarks such as “We don’t talk like that at school” or “That’s nasty; we don’t talk about our bodies!” Children need a comfortable acceptance of their gender anatomy and a healthy sexual identity. We want them to understand that all parts of their bodies are OK.
Approach children’s observations and questions in a matter-of-fact manner, without laughter or embarrassment. That way, children will know that you are someone they can always use as a resource when they have questions about a sometimes taboo subject. When answering your child's questions, less is more. Begin with the simplest explanation and move to a more complicated one if your child continues to be interested or ask questions.
A parent must also express to their children what a good touch and a bad touch is, a good touch is shaking hands, hugging, holding hands, a pat on the back, a bad touch is where a person touches a child in the private area (penis, vagina, chest etc.)

On the other hand, young children will also learn names for genitals and may engage in "poopy talk" or the use of slang words. Using slang words is just making a part of a conversation and not making it educational for children. It also becomes sometimes a joke to children.

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Should children be encouraged to use the correct terms about sexual anatomy or are slang words good enough? If slang words are used, are some more appropriate than others?

Post  kristal capalungan on Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:23 am

i guess children should be really encouraged to use the correct terms about sexual anatomy than slang words..
in my opinion, it is more acceptable and widely use..
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Post  Christen Joaquin on Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:46 am

SLANG WORDS may cause misunderstandings for children as they grow up. Appropriate terms should be taught to children.

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