Washington, Aug 27 (ANI): A June report from the United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recommended that children as young as five should receive mandatory sexual education that would teach even pre-kindergarteners about masturbation and topics like gender violence.
The 98-page report offers a universal lesson plan for kids ranging in age from 5-18, an "informed approach to effective sex, relationships" and HIV education that they say is essential for "all young people."
According to the U.N., the program is "age appropriate," however, critics say it's exposing kids to sex far too early.
"At that age they should be learning about ... the proper name of certain parts of their bodies," said Michelle Turner, president of Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum, "certainly not about masturbation."
"This is absurd," she told FOXNews.com.
The UNESCO report, called "International Guidelines for Sexuality Education," separates children into four age groups: 5-to-8-year-olds, 9-to-12-year-olds, 12-to-15-year-olds and 15-to-18-year-olds.
As per the U.N.'s voluntary sex-education programme, kids just 5-8 years old will be told that "touching and rubbing one's genitals is called masturbation" and that private parts "can feel pleasurable when touched by oneself."
When they're 9, they will know about "positive and negative effects of 'aphrodisiacs," and try to understand ideas of "homophobia, transphobia and abuse of power."
At 12, they'll learn the "reasons for" abortions. When they're 15, they'll be exposed to direct "advocacy to promote the right to and access to safe abortion." (ANI)