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Outrage As Kiss From Grandma Used As 'Consent' Example For Kids

Grandma's sloppy kiss is being used to help teach kids about possible sexual abuse.

A new teaching resource has also been launched called 'Respect Matters' as part of the government's women's safety package. It's not compulsory for states to utilise the program and according to an ABC investigation, only the eastern states have integrated it into their syllabuses.

Childhood educator Margie Buttriss told the ABC that the 'Respectful Relationships' program in Victoria uses case studies young children can relate to so they are able to understand complex subjects like consent.

"We're talking about situations such as Grandma wants to swoop in for the big sloppy kiss and if the child doesn't want that to happen what can they do," Buttriss told the ABC in their exclusive investigation.

Children are being taught to say 'no thanks' to a kiss from grandma as an example of body autonomy. Photo: Getty Images.

"And they can respectfully say 'no thanks Grandma, let's have a hug instead'".

Twitter exploded with responses to this 'new' sex education for children.

The 'grandma-example' attracted a plethora of responses, with some being in support of the 'child-friendly' example and others slamming it as a reason for 'child alienation'.

Once children reach high school, pornography and the internet become a key source of sexual education.

Sex educator Lael Stone has been running courses in Victorian secondary schools for a decade. She told the ABC that young people are looking for information on how to navigate healthy relationships, especially in the #metoo era.

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Stone says she teaches the concept of 'enthusiastic consent' to young adults as part of her courses.

More than 30 universities have also taken steps to educate their students about the importance of consent during sex.

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Students at 30 universities around Australia have to complete a sexual consent online course each semester. Photo: Getty Images.

The University of Technology, Sydney is one tertiary education facility that has signed up for the 'Consent Matters' program, which requires students to take a 40-minute online course each semester before they can access their exam results.

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Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au.