Childhood Sexual Development

Childhood Sexual Development

Appropriate Behaviors in Young Children (up to age 6)

  • Kissing other children
  • Touching holding or rubbing their own genitals
  • Touching parts of another child’s body with the child’s consent and due to curiosity (show me yours/I’ll show you mine)
  • Playing doctor or other games that involve exploring each other’s bodies

Inappropriate Behaviors in Young Children (up to age 6)

  • Tongue Kissing
  • Repeatedly acting out a particular sexual act during play
  • Any kind of penetration with body parts
  • Any sexual behavior that occurs frequently and persistently
  • Any sexual behavior that involves force or coercion to get another child to comply

Additional Resources

Please refer to the Resources & Websites page for information on book recommendations and other anti-violence organizations