Children should be taught the standard terms for all of their body parts, including the ones adults are nervous about naming. It’s time to teach him that his penis is his penis because recent research shows that knowing the correct anatomical terms enhances kids’ body image, self-confidence, and openness. It also discourages their susceptibility to molesters. When children are abused, having the correct language helps both the child and adults deal with disclosure and—if necessary. That’s, Instead of pet names, say penis, scrotum, vagina, and clitoris. It’s healthier.
When kids know and are comfortable using the standard terms for their private body parts—penis, scrotum, clitoris, vagina—they’ve got one more protection against sexual abuse.
When children feel awkward talking about certain body parts—if they giggle when someone mentions those parts, for example—they’re more likely to feel embarrassed about asking questions, and they’re less likely to tell you if someone is touching them inappropriately. Euphemisms usually reflect parents’ discomfort with talking openly about those body parts, and so kids learn there’s something naughty, wrong, or rude about talking about them.
We need all adults to be partners in teaching healthy childhood sexual development, and square one is body parts. Educators and parents should communicate accurately, without stigma or shame”.
Kids need to know that their penis, scrotum, clitoris, vagina, and vulva are body parts like their arms, feet, ears, and elbows. They’re different because they’re private—we usually keep them covered—but they’re healthy, good, and acceptable body parts nonetheless.