Britain once again shows the stupidity of giving taxpayers money to idiots with degrees to inform us how to live.
Time for the poms to go on a Quango hunt.
Getting a reluctant child to give an elderly relative a kiss often requires some gentle persuasion.
But parents who force their sons and daughters to give granny a peck on the cheek may be doing them harm, it was claimed yesterday.
For instead of helping a child learn about showing affection, it may blur the boundaries of what is acceptable when it comes to physical contact, according to Lucy Emmerson, co-ordinator of the Sex Education Forum.
She even claims that encouraging a youngster to blow a kiss, high-five or wave to a relative instead will help them avoid future sexual exploitation.
Children need to learn from the start about the importance of consent and that ‘their bodies are their own’, she says.
Her controversial comments, in an online sex education resource for teachers, were immediately attacked by family campaigners.
They said there was no evidence that children who are persuaded to kiss close relatives are more at risk of being sexually exploited later and said her recommendation undermined parents.
Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, said: ‘Even if the distinction is lost on the Sex Education Forum, children and young people are able to recognise that there is all the difference in the world between self-consciously– and perhaps on occasion reluctantly – kissing an uncle or aunt on the cheek on the one hand, and accepting unwanted sexual advances on the other.’
Miss Emmerson made her comments online in the Sex Education Forum’s termly e-magazine. Discussing the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, which found that one woman in five and one man in 20 in Britain had experienced attempted sex against their will, she said it raised questions over when children should be taught about consent.
Saying that it showed non-consensual sex is widespread, Miss Emmerson added: ‘I believe learning about consent starts from age zero.
Much is learnt by young children from everyday experiences about whether or not their opinion is valued and if they have any control over physical contact with others.’
This is ridiculous..not everyone has an Uncle Bully.