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Poll: When is the right time to explain where babies come from?

A new report has called for better, more inclusive sex education.

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DECIDING WHEN TO tell your kids about the birds and the bees can be a tricky issue. Some parents dive in early, armed with books and videos, while others may prefer to wait until their little ones approach them.

If you’re unsure how best to tackle the issue, you’re not alone. In fact, our Parents Panel had a number of different views on the subject of late.

As for our kids though, they’re ready for more balanced and informative sex education, at least according to the latest Youth Consultation report.

The report, which considered the views of 4,000 young people from across Ireland criticised that sex education didn’t include the LGBTI community, and was often delivered by staff without appropriate training.

It also gave recommendations to include education around sexualities, transgender policies, safe sex and consent, along with the normalisation of ‘non-traditional’ relationships.

So, tell us, when is it time to explain where babies come from?

Poll Results:

Whenever my kids ask (120)
Before they learn about it at school (73)
I don't know (68)
I'll bring it up by a particular age (58)

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