Is Ontario’s Sex-Ed Curriculum Age-Appropriate? An Evidence-Based Analysis

This factsheet was created by YouthREX.

From a very young age, kids exhibit curiosity about their bodies, and ask questions about reproduction and relationships. Sexuality takes different forms over the life cycle, but it is a natural part of being human – for children, adolescents, and adults alike.

The role of sexual education is to empower students to know and appreciate their bodies, as well as to help them navigate the confusing world of intimate relationships. By providing scientifically-accurate, age-appropriate information, sex-ed gives students the tools to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health.

This factsheet uses a variety of evidence to examine whether selected topics from the 1998 and 2015 Ontario sex-ed curricula are developmentally and age-appropriate.

NOTE: This guide is not meant to be comprehensive.


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