The United Nations is advising governments all over the world to give explicit sexual information to children as young as 5.
The U.N. Economic, Social and Cultural Organization issued its recommended sex education curriculum for kids age 5 to 18.
The group insists their international guidelines for sexuality education are age-appropriate, but some mental health experts warn the recommendations target children who are too young.
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For example, the U.N. recommends 5- to 8-year-olds learn about self-gratification and gender violence.
"They wouldn't understand what you're talking about," said Family Therapist Dr. Linda Mintle. "They have no interest in those issues at that age and I think all it would do would be to confuse them and it's just utter lunacy in my opinion to be talking about that at that age."
The guidelines recommend teaching 9-year-olds the "safety of abortion, the positive and negative effects of aphrodisiacs, and about homophobia, transphobia, and abuse of power." Fifteen-year-olds would learn their right to and access to safe abortion.
"What really is behind this in my opinion is it's not so much to educate the children on sexual issues," Mintle said. "It's really a political ideology that is being forced onto these kids without parents understanding what is happening under the guise of sex education."
"I think that's very harmful to kids," she added.
The U.N. defends the age appropriateness of the sex ed recommendations stating, "in a world affected by HIVand AIDS there is an imperative to give children the knowledge, skills and values to understand and make informed decisions."