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One of my good friends said her 11 year old son went for a sleepover at his friends house, also an 11 year old boy. The next day, the other boy's mother called her and told her she noticed the boy masturbating in the bathroom. My friend was upset, as her sister had also reported that the boy would hide in the bathroom to play with himself. Well my friend confronted her son about it and told him she wanted to check his penis for signs of infection or damage. He resisted, clearly shy. She said she got so upset that she spanked him. When she finally got him to undress, to her suprise, his genitals were covered with obscene words marked in pen. His penis foreskin was very red, and seemed irritated. After she got him to wash off the markings she took him to a doctor who told her he may have some kind of infection, the foreskin was damaged and contracted some kind of bacteria. Well she thinks she did the right thing, although she admits her son was totally humiliated and is only now getting back to normal, although she still examines him to ensure he doesn't do it again. She even told me I should check my 13 year old. I told her she was over reacting. However I am suspicious that my son may be masturbating, although i'm not sure if it could possibly be that bad with him. At what point should a parent really have to insist to examine a child's privates at such an age? (11-13)
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