Resources For Parents
Parent Preview Curriculum Samples
A comprehensive evidence-based sexual health and teen pregnancy prevention curriculum for grades 7-12 and out-of-school youth. It has been written in compliance with the updated California Education Code, including "The California Healthy Youth Act" (AB 329) and "Sexual Harassment and Violence Instruction" (SB 695) and the National Health Education Standards.
Some of the Most Important Conversations begin with a Simple Question
Adolescence is a time of enormous change, physically, emotionally and socially. It is a difficult time for many parents. Young people say that they WANT to talk to their parents about sexuality, especially about values and relationships. They believe their parents’ opinion is important and they would like to be able to go to them when they have questions. If parents show they are open and willing to talk about these topics, teens will ask.
Communication Tips for Parents
Wondering how to begin the “talk”? Here is a list of 18 helpful conversation starters.
Child Sexual Development: Common Behaviors
From Birth to Age 2, children may explore their body parts, including their genitals. Boys this age can have erections, and girls' vaginas can lubricate. Believe it or not, this genital response actually begins while they are in the womb.
Sexual Development: What Should Children Know?
By age five, children should: use correct words for all sexual body parts; be able to understand what it means to be male or female; understand that their bodies belong to themselves, and they have a right to say “No” to unwanted touch.
Guidelines for Parents For Talking with Children or Teens about Sexuality
BE HONEST. When talking about sexuality, it is best to be honest – not just about the facts of life but about our feelings, attitudes, ignorance, and ambivalence. Children and teens can learn from this that learning about sexuality is a lifelong process. Adults are still learning too.
Guía para los Padres de Familia para Hablar con Niños o Jovencitos sobre el Tema de la Sexualidad
SEA HONESTO. Al hablar sobre la sexualidad es mejor ser sincero – no solo sobre los hechos de la vida, sino también sobre sus sentimientos, actitudes, ignorancia y ambivalencia. Tanto los niños como los adolescentes pueden entender que aprender sobre la sexualidad es un proceso de aprendizaje el cual perdurará de por vida y que las personas adultas también están aprendiendo aún.
Parent Guide to Teachable Moments
Parents and teenagers often find it difficult to communicate and discuss topics such as sex and drugs because it makes them uncomfortable. It is important to bridge this communication gap however, and discuss this very important topic. It is a matter of life and death for your teenager! Parents want to protect there children but don’t always know how to go about opening the lines of communication for varying reasons.
Sex Education for Physically, Emotionally, and Mentally Challenged Youth
In recent years, important changes in public policies and attitudes have resulted in improved opportunities for people with physical and mental disabilities. Now, people living with disabilities assume their rightful place in society as the equals of non-disabled people. Unfortunately, societal attitudes have changed less in regard to sexuality and disability. Even today, many people refuse to acknowledge that all people have sexual feelings, needs, and desires, regardless of their physical and/or mental abilities. As a result, many young people who live with disabilities do not receive sex education, either in school or at home.