Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said video clips with content to teach preschoolers how to protect themselves have been made available on YouTube.
“This way, we hope to reach 150,000 children aged two to four,” she said during a press conference after launching the Sex Education Awareness Campaign Among Children Through Social Media.
Wan Azizah, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said early exposure to sex education will help children become more proactive in ways to protect themselves.
“They need to be taught what is ‘safe touch’ and ‘bad touch’. A one-minute video on YouTube will be our direct approach to getting this message across to children,” she said.
Sex Education Videos for Children Viewed 2.79 Million Times in Just 3 Months
Several videos on sex education for children that were published on YouTube by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry last June have been viewed 2.79 million times, Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh said.
She this figure, registered as at Oct 4, showed a significant trend for the ministry in its efforts to reduce child sexual abuse in Malaysia.
“In terms of the ‘view rate’, meaning if the video is one-minute long, the overall video view rate is 43 per cent, and this is higher than the industry average view rate of only 20 per cent.
“So others, when they do it (upload videos on YouTube) the industry average view rate is 20 per cent, but for our video, it is 43 per cent, so it is a very good trend and they have 67,000 likes and shares,” she said at a press conference in the Parliament lobby here today.
Schools Urged Not To Take Sex Education Lightly
The Ministry of Education (MOE) has urged schools not to take sex education lightly in efforts to tackle sexual crime against children.
Deputy Education Minister, Teo Nie Ching said sex education was currently being taught at the pre-school until secondary school level as one of the elements under Pendidikan Jasmani dan Pendidikan Kesihatan (PJPK) or Physical Education and Health Education.
“Malaysia has become a hotspot for sexual crime against children, so we must teach our children from a young age how to prevent it.
“I hope schools don’t treat PJPK as an unimportant subject and replace it with Mathematics or English class. Please don’t do that.
“Sex education is still a taboo subject in Malaysian society, so it is not named in the school subject, instead included in PJPK, ” she told reporters during her working visit to Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil Subramaniya Barathee in Gelugor, here, today.