The following is excerpted from an online article posted by StudyFinds.
For many parents, talking about the birds and the bees is a part of life for adolescents. For others, they’ll just leave it to their child’s school to teach them about human reproduction.
A recent OnePoll survey asked 2,000 parents with children between five and 18 to examine their own views about sex, including how they’ve addressed the topic with their kids. Fifty-eight percent of respondents have already spoken to their children about sex, and 21 percent plan to do so in the future. However, the same percentage (21%) don’t plan to bring up the “sex talk” at all.
Perhaps surprisingly, 58 percent of parents whose kis are 10 to 13 and 57 percent of parents with kids between five and nine have given them “birds and the bees” talk. Even half of parents of children under four also had those conversations with them (51%). Interestingly, men were more likely to discuss sex with their kids than women (61% vs. 56%).
Of the 42 percent of parents who haven’t talked to their kids about sex, 37 percent cited their child’s young age as the main reason. One in three reported that their kids are learning sex education in school, and one in four said the other parent is taking the lead.
One in four admit they would feel awkward while having conversations about sex with their children (26%). Regardless of those feelings, seven in 10 agree the “birds and the bees” talk should happen at an early age, specifically because of how often kids are exposed to similar topics on social media and in other parts of daily life.