You could have picked me up off the floor when I read this headline, “Calif. preschool closing after alleged sex between 4- and 5-year-olds” from NYDailyNews. After the father of a 4 year preschool student reported that his son had received oral sex from a 5 year old girl in the bathroom at school, a fire storm has ensued with as many as 6 other children involved and multiple sex acts between the children have surfaced. The California Department of Social Services blames and has cited all involved for “overall lack of supervision and an improper teacher-child ratio.” The school has since closed down, although official don’t state the current investigation as a reason, I have to ask, was there something more sinister taking place to force the shut down? I’m sure as the days pass, more will come out about this story, and if you guys get an update that I don’t, feel to email me with a link.
It was not even a month ago that I made a public call for parents to pay closer attention to the actions of your children and the increasing and alarming rate of premature sexualization. <—That’s my word. (Read Post Here) This is not just in how you dress your children, or what you allow them to watch on television. This is really about what you are TALKING to them about. If you aren’t talking to them, they are processing what they learn on the streets with no guidance, and that’s an EPIC FAIL on our parts as parents. We have got to do better. The digital age has given us access to an infinite number of doors that at one time were locked to us as children, but today are wide open for our kids to explore. No, we can’t shelter our children completely, but we can educate them to the fullest. Even if you think you know what to say, understand, that you have no clue. I’ve written about this here in a two part post (Post 1) with helpful tools that might make this task easier and thorough. (Post 2)
Parents, when there is sex in preschool, there is a problem in society. We can no longer stick our heads in the sand and pretend it isn’t happening. Sound off here in comments, and maybe we can put our heads together with innovative ideas for change. We at least have to try. I’m here to help you Raise Em Well, and Raise Em Real.