What is a safe space and why are they so important? 🤔 So, today I was in class with my students and they all started talking about how they had just had their first ‘sex ed talk’ at their school that day. What really shocked me was the way they were telling me story. They were absolutely repulsed by the content and kept saying that they saw no reason for the teacher to talk about this things. “They’ve ruined my last years of youth”, one of them said. But their big surprise came when I told them I actually thought it was an important topic to cover, and they thought I was crazy, as those things should not be discussed in public. They were absolutely boggled when they saw my willingness to answer any questions they might have had about how to be safe and not getting hurt. They even told me they were scared of asking those to their school teachers!! 🤷♀️
So, that basically shows that schools have created these taboos and ‘forbidden’ topics instead of trying to create open and safe spaces for children to grow, discover themselves and be prepared for something that is most likely going to end up happening. Why the heck should we not teach them how to be safe and know their own bodies (yep, they were mortified at the thought that their teacher had taught them the parts of a vagina and how to take care of it!!)?! (Needless to say the talk only covered heterosexual relations, ofc, big shocker…👀) Anyhow, let’s all strive to create learning environments where kids do not feel scared of talking about natural things and can learn about diversity while having no taboos. Damn it, sex is a natural thing, the more they know, the safer and more prepared they’ll be!
What do you think? Have you encountered a similar situation or even lived it as a kid? 🤔