Child specific 5-9 Years

Thinking about some specific things if your child is 5-9 Years old
THINKING ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE MOST LIKELY NORMAL, LOW RISK OR NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT IF YOUR CHILD IS AGED 5-9 YEARS OLD:

Feeling and touching own genitals
Curiosity about other children’s genitals
Curiosity about sex and relationships, for example:
•    differences between boys and girls
•    how sex happens
•    where babies come from
•    same-sex relationships
Sense of privacy about bodies
Telling stories or asking questions using swear and slang words for parts of the body

THINKING ABOUT THINGS THAT MIGHT MAKE YOU OR A PROFESSIONAL WORRIED ENOUGH TO WANT TO DISCUSS IN MORE DETAIL IF YOUR CHILD IS AGED 5-9 YEARS OLD:

Questions about sexual activity which persist or are repeated frequently, despite answers being given
Sexual bullying face to face or through texts or online messaging
Engaging in mutual masturbation
Persistent sexual images and ideas in talk, play and art
Use of adult slang language to discuss sex

THINKING ABOUT SOME THINGS THAT WILL MAKE A PROFESSIONAL, AND MIGHT MAKE YOU, WORRIED ENOUGH TO NEED TO DISCUSS IN MORE DETAIL IF YOUR CHILD IS AGED 5-9 YEARS OLD:

Frequent masturbation in front of others
Sexual behaviour engaging significantly younger or less able children
Forcing other children to take part in sexual activities
Simulation of oral or penetrative sex
Sourcing pornographic material online