Well, I think that at 8 years old he can understand this concept. It is okay to touch yourself, if it is done in private. You should never touch anybody's else private parts and neither should you allow anybody else to touch yours. You are in control of your body but social rules are No you can't touch yourself in public. Hopefully this helps and if you want to find out if it is normal, check with your pediatrician, maybe there is a urinary trac infection that makes it itch if that is the kind of touching he is doing, now if it is the one I think it is, then just an open honest talk with him could help him understand that it is normal as long as he does it in private. Now, if you have a problem with it for some reason then disregard my suggestion.
at 3:10 PM on Apr. 10, 2009