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(Un)doing children's and teens' sexualities: from danger to pleasure including children's voices 
Bruna Alvarez Mora (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Violeta Salazar (Universidade Federal do Amazonas - Brasil)
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Thursday 18 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

Children and sexuality produces a clash of moralities. While children access easily to pornography at early ages, there is not a social consensus about sex education at schools. This panel seeks to understand how currently children experience sexuality.

Long Abstract:

The words children and sexuality produce a clash of moralities in the contemporary world. Culturally, children are considered innocent and asexual in EuroAmerican cultures. However, the access of children to pornography before 12 years old appears as a contemporary thread in several European countries. While technology is understood as a social surveillance mechanism, there are tremendous difficulties in protecting children from sexual or violent content online. France has been the first country in the world to guarantee to arrive at 18 years old through a government-licensed digital certification to be able to access pornography. There is not a social consensus on mandatory sex education in primary and secondary schools. If it exists, it is mainly focused on risks, such as pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Comprehensive Sex Education, based on scientific research and children rights, suggests focusing on pleasure, consent and self-confidence. In addition, the rollback of sexual and reproductive rights enacted by right-wing parties in for example, the United States, Hungary, Poland or Italy, has an impact on sex education. Hungary forbids children from accessing any information suspicious of "promoting" homosexuality. Florida Governor forbids sexual education to 12-year-olds, including talking about menstruation, and some religious moral frameworks in South and North America consider that sex education is a parent's right. However, what these moral frameworks have in common is the children's views exclusion in these debates. This panel aims to contribute to the understanding of children's, families and teachers' experiences regarding the clash of moralities in children's sexuality.

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -