Children's Sexuality Development and Behaviors

You can learn to recognize typical behaviors

If you are a parent or work with children, learning about sexual development is key to preventing child sexual abuse.  You can learn to recognize typical behaviors -- as well as the concerning behaviors that need intervention. 

You can learn to talk to your kids about healthy sexual development

Talking to children and adolescents about healthy sexuality development and their sexual behaviors is an important step in establishing a safer environment. When parents and caregiving adults can talk with youth about their bodies and sexual behaviors, safe touching and healthy boundaries and privacy concerns, then children and teenagers are better prepared to seek out help when they have questions or concerns. By feeling comfortable talking with children about their own sexuality development, and feeling confident that children are receiving accurate and age-appropriate information and boundaries, adults are better prepared to help their children when there is a concern or problem.