Decision Maker Response
Kathleen Wynne’s response
Jul 16, 2015 — Ontario is updating the health and physical education curriculum, including sex education, to keep our kids healthy and safe. I would like to thank you for your support and ask that you keep up the important work of talking about why these changes are so critical.
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If you want to stay up-to-date on our plan to give kids accurate, current information and to help them stay safe and healthy, visit our website: http://bit.ly/1HQB8BW
It has been 17 years since the sex education section of the curriculum was updated in 1998, long before the internet, smartphones, Facebook and Snapchat. Over 60 per cent of Grade 5 and 6 students access the internet through a portable computer such as a tablet or a laptop.
We want our kids to have accurate, current information, to help them stay safe and healthy.
The curriculum review is one of the most extensive ever undertaken by the Ministry of Education, involving parents, students, teachers, faculties of education, universities, colleges and community groups. Of parents surveyed, 96% said it is important that their children learn about expected changes during puberty before their bodies begin to change.
The World Health Organization says that giving kids accurate information at an early age actually helps prevent risky behaviour and early sexual activity.
Parents play an integral role in their children’s education, especially in educating children on sexuality and sexual health – this curriculum will not replace the role of parents in educating their children on sexual health.
Again, thank you for your work to help keep our kids healthy and safe.
Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario