KIDS as young as four will be taught about relationships and the dangers of the internet in the biggest shake-up of sex education in 20 years, it was today revealed.
Pupils in England will also be taught about the dangers of sexting, trolling and the pressures of social media.
Getty – Contributor Primary children will be taught how to get enough sleep and stay safe online
And they will be given lessons in how to spot the signs of anxiety amid growing concerns the country is in the grip of a teenage mental health epidemic.
Secondary school children will be taught about the dangers of grooming, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and abuse.
The Department for Education said children will only be taught topics which are appropriate for their age.
But the move risks sparking a backlash from parents.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “Growing up and adolescence are hard enough, but the internet and social media add new pressures that just weren’t there even one generation ago.
“So many things about the way people interact have changed, and this new world, seamless between online and offline, can be difficult to navigate.”
Mr Hinds said it was “appropriate” to make health education universal alongside relationships and sex education.
He added: “It will help children learn how to look after themselves, physically and mentally, and the importance of getting away from the screen and the headphones.”
Under the plans, children as young as four will be taught to get enough sleep, how to stay safe online and the danger of talking to strangers.
The shake-up comes amid growing alarm at the harmful content kids are exposed to online.
And it follows the tragic death of Molly Russell, 14. The schoolgirl killed herself after viewing scores of self-harm images on Instagram.
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But it comes amid a furious row over the rights of parents to veto what their kids are taught.
Muslim parents at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham have staged demos outside the school gates in protest at their kids being taught about gay rights.
They accused gay assistant headteacher Andrew Moffat of promoting LGBT causes without their consent.
Getty – Contributor The Department for Education said children would be taught only topics appropriate for their age
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