Equip kids with right kind of sexuality knowledge

I agree with Ms Clara Chow's effort to teach her children in an age-appropriate manner about puberty and sex ("I teach my kids about the birds and bees"; Feb 15).

The complexities of our modern world, coupled with the ubiquitous reach of the Internet, pose many dangers to the well-being of children and young people.

A 2014 poll conducted by Touch Cyber Wellness found that one in two teenagers here has watched or read sexually explicit materials, with some as young as seven when they were first exposed to it ("Half of teens here exposed to pornography, survey finds"; Sept 15, 2014).

Between 2011 and 2015, there was a 60 per cent increase in the number of cases in the State Courts involving either sexual assault by penetration, sexual grooming of a minor under 16, outrage of modesty or rape ("Rise in sexual crimes over last four years"; Aug 23, 2015).

Naturally, some forms of knowledge are weightier, which responsible parents must carry on their children's behalf until they are mature enough to gradually carry such knowledge on their own.

However, all children should be taught from a young age to identify and reject inappropriate sexual advances, whether from strangers or even family members.

Parents should also facilitate an environment of openness and careful guidance when their children confer with and confide in them about matters of sexuality.

Children are our future. They have the right to grow up in a family environment in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.

While it is important to institute appropriate legal and administrative safeguards to protect our children, these are not enough in this modern world.

To help children develop into free, responsible and well-developed adults, children should also be equipped with the right set of knowledge and values, including and especially in matters of sexuality.

Darius Lee