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CHFD220 | LESSON 2 Sexuality in Childhood and Adolescence Sexual Development in Preschool and Early Elementary Years You are the parent of a 4-year-old and have just received a phone call from a parent who has a child the same age. It seems the two children were in the garage “examining” each other. The other parent is furious, accusing your child of initiating the “perversities.” What do you say to the parent? What do you say to your child? It is not uncommon for preschool-aged children to play "doctor" or "house." This "sex play" may involve undressing one another as well as examining one another's genitals. From kindergarten to grade-level 3, children begin to learn about sexuality from other children (Greenberg, Bruess, & Oswalt, 2014). During these elementary school years, children show a strong preference for playing with children of the same gender. Additionally, children begin to understand the "golden rule": treat others as you would like to be treated. The media (e.g., television, movies) are
among children's most prominent sexuality educators during these early elementary years (Greenberg et al., 2014). Sexuality in Adolescence Becoming a sexually healthy adult is a key developmental task of adolescence. It is important for parents and educators to approach sexuality Education in a positive

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