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  •   Home > News > Education

    Parents want power over sex ed: poll

    A poll has found New Zealand parents want to dictate what their children learn in sex education and when.


    Kiwi parents believe they should dictate what their children learn about sex at school with a survey finding most are confident they can teach their children what they need to know.

    Almost two thirds think it's up to them and not the government who should have final say on what sex education is provided at school, a nationwide poll of 846 parents has found.

    The survey backs claims that parents know best and that a one size fits all approach is too simplistic, Family First New Zealand director Bob McCoskrie says.

    It found 78 per cent of parents would be confident teaching their children about sex and sexuality, while 62 per cent backed a parent not government approved sex education programme.

    "Parents know their children best and should determine the best timing and most appropriate way to tackle topic such as keeping themselves safe and 'where do babies come from'," he said.


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