Knowing the difference between public and private behaviours is an essential skill in order to keep safe and participate in the community.

A quick and simple rule is: Private behaviours involve private body parts and can only be done in a private place.

We can put all the “P” words together to remember that.

What are Private Behaviours?

Private behaviours can include:

  • going to the toilet
  • showering/bathing
  • getting changed
  • touching private body parts
  • masturbating
  • having sex

These are private behaviours because they involve private body parts being touched or uncovered.

Private behaviours can be performed in Private places.

What are Private Places?

Knowing the difference between public and private places is important to keep safe and participate in the community.

Private places include a person’s own bedroom, bathroom or toilet. Again, notice that we said your OWN bedroom, bathroom or toilet.

Here are some key things about your private places:

  • Other people must ask your permission before entering your private place. You can choose to say yes or no.
  • Private body parts can be uncovered and private behaviours can happen in a private place.
  • The door and blinds or curtains must be closed.

What are Public Places?

A public place is any place where other people can be around. Public places are shared with other people.

Public places in the home are the:

  • living room
  • kitchen
  • backyard
  • other people’s bedrooms
  • any other place in the home

These places are public because anybody can be there and you cannot control who comes and goes from the place.

Private body parts must be covered in public places.

Remember the 3 P’s

Private behaviour involves private parts and must only happen in private places.


Source: Planet Puberty

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