Birds and bees bungle

27th October 2000 at 01:00
PARENTS often postpone the "birds and bees" chat with their children until too late, according to a survey, writes Amanda Kelly.

One in six has not discussed sex with their teenage children, yet 90 per cent believe parents should take the lead in sex education.

Just 5 per cent said they ever intended to discuss it. A third of the 2,100 surveyed said they would omit oral sex and 17 per cent would omit masturbation. One in five said children would find out about sex on their own.

The research was commissioned by the sexual health charity Marie Stopes International.

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