And in more places than ever before, including music videos, websites and social media.So it's not surprising that sometimes children's sexual development can seem out of step with their age.It's important that you have a good idea of what's normal sexual behaviour and can also spot the warning signs if something might not be quite right.
You could try: Encourage your child to make safe choices.
As children get older it’s important to talk about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), contraception and pregnancy.
Although children are generally taught these topics in secondary school, it’s helpful for them to know they can talk about them with you too.
Just like every other part of growing up, some children mature sooner or later than others.
So, don't be too worried if your child doesn't act exactly as you'd expect.
Children under the age of 13 cannot consent to any type of sexual activity.