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Fury over ‘X-rated’ sex education lessons in Victorian primary schools

Ashley Argoon, Herald Sun

CONCERNS have been raised about “graphic” images being shown to children as young as seven in Victoria’s primary schools.

Opposition education spokes­man Tim Smith said parents and family groups had approached him about the ­age-appropriateness of the Catching on Early: Sexuality Education for Victorian Primary Schools resource.

It includes grade 2 lessons featuring drawings of male and female genitalia, and grade 3 lessons featuring circumcised and uncircumcised penises, and more detailed drawings of the clitoris and prostate.

Pages about conception for grade 4 children explore assisted treatments, surrogates and same-sex couples.

Mr Smith said some of the images belonged “in an X-rated movie”.

Victoria’s primary school sex education program is exposing children as young as seven to graphic images.

One dad claimed his daughter, in grade 2 at an inner-east public primary school, became uncomfortable around boys after being shown drawings of genitalia in class.

“She didn’t want to go swimming because the boys had their tops off. We never had a problem before and then all of a sudden she did,” he said.

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