Society | 06.04.12 | 16:09
Uptight parents, loose kids: Armenian psychologists encourage adults to educate their children on sex
Vrezh Shahramanyan (left) and Khachatur Gasparyan
At the press conference on Friday psychologist Khachatur Gasparyan said that even the issues of sex education are taboos in Armenia; the Armenian language mentality does not tolerate speaking about it.
“Parents should be more open with their children, they should speak about sex life with kids and answer all their questions, otherwise a gap between children and parents is created, and children try to look for answers to their questions on the internet,” says Gasparyan.
Specialists of the sphere say that there is lack of proper content about this topic on the Internet, and misinformation makes especially teenagers face serious problems.
Sexual pathologist Vrezh Shahramanyan says that whatever cannot be spoken about at home and at educational institutions, teenagers find online.
“Sex education is part of general education, and it is not a “talk about sex”. It is high time to raise the curtain, to leave the sanctimony alone and to call everything by their proper names, and forget the tales about storks,” Shahramanyan says.
The specialists advise that parents be more liberal and frank with their children.
“If you find out that your child visits such websites then be careful in your expressions, if you punish him or her, then you will push them far from you. Try to talk to them calmly and give answers to all their questions,” Gasparyan says.
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