Screenshot from Sun TV piece panning P.E.I.'s sex guide for parents.
Prince Edward Island’s new parental guide to childhood sexual behaviour is being decried by Sun News Network and a national women’s organization as a “destructive” document that promotes pedophilia.
The guide was updated recently and is intended to provide parents with information to help determine whether their child’sbehaviour is normal and healthy, or a sign that something may be wrong.
A link to the guide can be found here.
Gwen Landolt, national vice-president of the REAL Women of Canada, provided comments about the guide in an online article written by Peter Baklinski published earlier this week.
A link to the article can be found here.
REAL Women of Canada is a non-denominational and independent advocacy group that espouses “traditional” family values.
Speaking about one particular section of the seven-page document, Landolt, said it is “a ‘diabolic attempt’ to make children ‘vulnerable to sexual activity’ and ‘acquiesce to sexual acts of adults.’”
The article was printed under the headline “PEI guide for parents: ‘healthy’ for kids to masturbate, touch genitals of ‘familiar adults.’”
Sun News Network, a national news service, then broadcast a TV spot Thursday night with two commentators, David Menzies and Faith Goldy, on the topic.
Both commentators suggested the provincial guide would leave children open to pedophiles and suggested the province was promoting criminal behaviour.
That segment can be viewed here.
The article and the TV spot mainly focus on a section of the seven-page guide that lists childhood sexual behaviour (preschool up to age five) in three categories for parents: natural and healthy; of concern; and seek professional help.
Under the column for behaviours that are natural and healthy, the guide lists “touches the ‘private parts’ of familiar adults and children with hand or body.”
Other examples of activities in that category include “play house, acts out roles of mommy and daddy,” “explores differences between males and females,” and “takes advantage of opportunity to look at nude people.”
The document also gives various advice as to how parents should approach discussing sex and sexuality with their young children.
In an interview with TC Media, Landolt said that children in the age group described in the guide are too young to be concerned about sex and that sex education should be left up to parents who can determine when and if it is appropriate.
She also said advice laid out in the P.E.I. guide could leave children open to sexual exploitation.
She again referred to the section of the guide that says it’s normal for children to be curious about and may even want to touch male and female sexual body parts.
“Not a bit. Anybody who has any experience with children knows that’s absurd,” she said.
“Little kids under five … they just don’t do that. They’re not that curious. The whole thing is offensive … and if these are ‘experts’ then heaven help us,” she said.
No one with the province was available on Thursday to comment on this story. However, a spokesperson said a response would be given today.