Before children begin puberty, masturbation is not a sexual behaviour. It is not driven by sexual needs, wants or fantasies, the way it often is for adults. If your child touches themselves it does not mean they are developing in a sexually unhealthy way. This behaviour is not harmful to your child. In fact, it is often a healthy behaviour. Exploring and getting to know one’s own body is important.
Masturbation Month began in 1995 in response to the forced resignation of U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who said the act was part of healthy sexuality.