Parents could. It's a real shame that no one feels like they can really talk about the subject openly. Around age 12, I learned in school about the mechanics of what sex is and that people can have different sexualities, as well as about contraceptives, pregnancy, and STDs. I had fully functioning bits before that though, by a year or more and had worked out most of that from experimentation or reading encyclopedias and health books. Something which irks me to this day is the lack of teaching about sexual wellness as a part of healthy living in school. Most of what I know about sex as it relates to overall well-being I've had to learn from reading books on my own. I've never really had a chance to apply the knowledge, but I think it's better to be prepared for just about anything. I wish the education system better prepared students for life; taught more about personal responsibility, self-improvement, and skills critical for living without someone else to support you. Most of what I learned in high school and middle school was useless busy work I forgot a long time ago, as it has no bearing on my life now. P.S. This thread is making me laugh my banana off.