Many parents and carers grew up in a home where issues related to sexuality and relationships were rarely discussed and so they don’t have a memory of how to approach the topic. Sometimes parents are so concerned with ‘getting it right’ that they avoid or miss the opportunities to talk with their children. Parents need to let their children know they are open to talking about their questions and concerns. Being open sends a clear message that children can come to their trusted adults for advice and support. Parents’ availability to talk and listen, and their influence in the home, are more important than ever, with the internet’s increasing impact on what children learn and what they are exposed to.

Parents and caregivers are vital partners in the education of their children, and SEA is committed to working together to deliver sensitive, age-appropriate sex education. We can provide tips and strategies for starting or continuing those conversations that can seem awkward or embarrassing. For some families where religion or culture is prominent in how they are raising their children, it can be considered shameful or unacceptable to talk openly about these topics. But even children in the most conservative of families can be left vulnerable if they don’t receive education about puberty and other areas of human development, especially with the easy accessibility of the internet via home computers, mobile devices and online gaming.


Please check any websites and books listed before sharing with your child to make sure they are suitable for your family setting. 

Talk Soon, Talk Often, PDF publication available for free download, online. Government of Western Australia, Department of Health – click here to download

Body Safety Education: A Parents Guide to Protecting Children Against Sexual Abuse, Jayneen Sanders
Kids, Sex & Screens, Jillian Roberts
No Shame: Real Talk with Your Kids about Sex, Self-Confidence & Healthy Relationships, Dr Lea Lis
The New Puberty, Amanda Dunn (video series covering range of topics, for children, tweens and teens) (sex education: tips for parents) (website & podcast) (pornography) (sexual development) (topic: pornography) (sex education: tips for parents) (technology & filters)

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Girl Stuff: For girls aged 8-12, Kaz Cooke
Let’s Talk About Sex: Growing Up, Changing Bodies, Sex and Sexual Health, Robie H. Harris
The Puberty Book, Darvill and Powell
Girl Stuff: Your full-on guide to the teen years, Kaz Cooke
The New Puberty, Amanda Dunn
For Goodness Sex, Al Vernacchio
Talking Sex with your Kids: Keeping them safe and you sane by knowing what they are really thinking, Amber Madison
Girls and Sex, Peggy Orenstein
The Secret Lives of Teen Girls: What your mother wouldn’t talk to you about but your daughter needs to know, Evelyn Resh
Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask): The secrets to surviving your child’s sexual development from birth to the teens, Richardson and Schuster

WEBSITES FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS (please make sure these are suitable for your family setting):

Everyone’s Got a Bottom, Tess Rowley
The Baby Tree, Sophie Blackall
The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made, Fiona Katauskas

Mummy Laid an Egg, Babette Cole
Hair in Funny Places, Babette Cole
Secret Girls’ Business, Fay Angelo
Secret Boys’ Business, Fay Angelo
More Secret Girls’ Business, Fay Angelo
The Puberty Book: A guide for children & teenagers, Darvill and Powell
Girl Stuff: For girls aged 8-12, Kaz Cooke
Puberty Boy, Geoff Price
Puberty Girl, Shushann Movsessian
Welcome to Your Period, Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes
Welcome to Consent, Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes


Puberty Boy, Geoff Price
Puberty Girl, Shushann Movsessian
Girl Stuff: Your full-on guide to the teen years, Kaz Cooke
Boys’ Stuff, Wayne Martino
Sexpectations: Sex stuff straight up, Craig Murray

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