PARENTS

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 increasing impact of the internet 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 provide 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 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.

PARENT/CARER INFORMATION EVENINGS: 
SEA runs parent information sessions for parents and caregivers who want to be active in this area of their child’s education. These evenings are connected to in-classroom programs and are held at the school. These sessions cover:
  • why it is important to talk to your child or teenager
  • tips on how to talk, what to say and when
  • how to kick-start or continue conversations
  • tips on how to answer difficult or uncomfortable questions
  • what to do when you get caught unprepared by a tricky question
  • where to go for further information and support
  • resources for parents and their children
For parents and carers in the community, SEA also schedules community education sessions at various venues which are open to the public. Follow our Facebook page or sign up to our monthly newsletter, to stay up-to-date with upcoming seminars.

 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS

Please check any websites and books listed to make sure they are suitable for your child. Different families have different standards.

 

WEBSITES FOR PARENTS:
www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
www.raisingchildren.net.au
www.sexedrescue.com
www.itstimewetalked.com.au (topic: pornography)

 

BOOKS FOR PARENTS (PRIMARY & SECONDARY):
Talk Soon, Talk Often, PDF publication available for free download, online. Government of Western Australia, Department of Health – click here to download

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
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: 
www.ubykotex.com.au
www.cyh.com
www.kidshealth.org

 

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

 

BOOKS FOR MIDDLE AND UPPER PRIMARY STUDENTS: 
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

 

WEBSITES FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS: 
www.tuneinnotout.com
www.au.reachout.com
www.theline.org.au
www.plannedparenthood.org

www. scarleteen.com

www.minus18.org.au

 

BOOKS FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS: 
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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Contact the office at info@sexeducationaustralia.com.au for more information.