A health survey in Västra Götaland for ten-year-olds includes five options regarding the child’s gender, sparking criticism from parents who believe it may cause confusion among the children.
Västra Götaland has conducted a health survey for fourth-grade students in which, under the section “Body perception and feelings”, the children could indicate what gender they consider themselves to be. All students could choose between “girl”, “boy”, “other”, “don’t know”, or “prefer not to say”, reports Världen Idag.
“This is gender-confusing the children. I was a ‘tomboy’ as a little girl, imagine if I had been asked that question…”, writes a mother on social media who has strongly criticized the survey.
A Facebook post about the issue has garnered widespread attention, receiving hundreds of comments and shares.
“This is about propaganda, indoctrination targeting insecure young people searching for their identity”, writes another individual in the comments section.
The survey is then followed up by a school nurse who reviews the answers with the child and enters them into the child’s medical record. When Världen Idag contacted the School Board and the National Board of Health and Welfare, they responded that there are general guidelines that must be followed concerning student health.
Charlotta Sundin Andersson, who works at Elevhälsodata Väst (Student health data West), believes that information about these types of questions being posed to children has been communicated to guardians. She explains that it is about “including” children with “possible gender ambivalence”.
– We haven’t received any indicators that children and young people who feel secure in their gender identity would be harmed by the “other” option, while it signals to non-binary children that they exist and that they can discuss their well-being in relation to possible gender ambivalence with student health services/healthcare providers, she tells Världen Idag.