It is about time parents and guardians break the taboo and talk about sex
openly with their children. These were the words of Save the Children Fiji CEO, Iris LowMcKenzie.
“In Fiji, sex is still considered taboo because it is a sensitive topic to talk about especially
with children. We need parents and guardians to start talking openly and educating children
about sex and relationships, Low-McKenzie reiterated. As soon as children start learning to
talk, you can teach them the names of the parts of their body. As soon as they start
socialising, you can teach them about respecting other people and talking about their feelings.
These help to lay the foundation for healthy sexuality and relationships later on.
We cannot be surprised any longer at the growing rates of reported cases of child sexual
abuse as this is a reality of Fiji’s ugly underbelly of sexual offences.
Save the Children Fiji believes that education and learning starts from home as it is the first
school a child can be taught at. Once we lay the foundation well at home and start talking
with our children, we are sure that these advice and teaching will be with them wherever they
go and we trust that they will make informed responsible choices and are less likely to take
risks with their sexual health.
We should invest in family time to sit and talk to our children. We can have age appropriate
conversations with our children about sex and relationships. It is never too early and it is
never too late to start talking with your child about sex and relationships, Low-McKenzie