The sex education revolution is here.
The movement is getting more diverse.
And that includes parents and educators.
We talked with three experts about what it takes to get students to embrace sex education and what it might look like in your own classroom.
Parents: How can you provide safe and appropriate sex education for kids?
Parents, as a society, have been trained to protect children from unsafe sex.
But when it comes time to talk about sex, it’s important for parents to be sensitive and to provide appropriate information and guidance.
Some parents are concerned that talking about sex can trigger a sexual response, such as an unwanted sexual encounter or an unwanted pregnancy.
But for the vast majority of people, this is just not true.
Sex education is the first step to protecting our children from sexually transmitted infections and sexual abuse.
Many parents are comfortable discussing this with their children and have a great deal of empathy for the many different sexual identities a child might have.
For parents who have experienced sexual abuse, the sexual response is something that can happen to any child, including teens and young adults.
And some parents who don’t experience sexual abuse may feel uncomfortable discussing their own sexual identity with their child.
The problem with talking about sexuality in school is that it’s not always safe.
Talk about sex and sexuality is not about protecting your child, it is about providing the information you need to support them in being a good person.
The only thing more important than sex education is healthy relationships and healthy sex.
Parents should be sensitive about this topic, but they shouldn’t expect their kids to know what’s right for them.
In fact, parents can and should do a better job of understanding the differences between consent and nonconsent.
And if they do, they should make the connection between consenting adults and their own healthy sexuality.
Teachers: How do you teach about sex without triggering sexual responses?
Teachers who teach sex education are not going to have sex.
They are not trying to force sex on kids.
Teachers are not sexually empowered.
And they are not the focus of an inappropriate sexual encounter.
Teachers who engage in sex education have the same level of respect and understanding for the sexualities of all people as any other person.
In a classroom setting, the teachers who use sex education as a tool to talk to their students have no obligation to do anything that could trigger an unwanted encounter.
There is no expectation that the teachers have sex with their students.
The teacher simply wants to help kids talk about sexual issues.
When teachers talk about the importance of consent and the importance to avoid inappropriate sexual contact, the students don’t know what they’re missing.
So it is very important for teachers to provide a safe environment for all students.
But sex education shouldn’t be the focus in a classroom if it’s about making kids feel uncomfortable.
Parents and teachers: What should sex ed look like?
What can parents and teachers do to make sex education accessible and engaging for their children?
Parents and educators need to work to provide sex education that is safe, relevant, and inclusive.
Parents have a tremendous amount of empathy.
The best way to teach about sexual consent is to talk with your child about what you feel and feel is appropriate.
The parents and teacher should work together to discuss what information is safe and not, what is safe but might be inappropriate, and what should be avoided.
Parents who are interested in sex and their sexual identities should also understand that parents have a range of sexualities and sexual preferences.
Sex educators can help parents and children talk about their sexual experiences.
Parents can be sensitive to their children’s feelings and experiences and be open about them with their kids.
Parents are also empowered to discuss and discuss their sexualities with their own kids.
They should be open to talking about the different ways their children might experience sexual encounters, and they should talk about how they might be better equipped to navigate those experiences.
Teachers and parents: How might you incorporate sex education into your own sex education?
Teachers should be willing to share their own experiences and discuss how they use sex to educate students about consent.
Teachers should understand the difference between sexual consent and healthy sexuality and how to talk honestly about the difference.
Teachers need to be willing and able to discuss their own personal sexualities.
Parents need to understand the value of healthy relationships, especially when it’s time to discuss sexual issues with their sons and daughters.
And parents should understand that teachers who are sexually empowered and who teach about healthy relationships are in a position to give support to students who might have been hurt or disappointed by sexual assault or sexual abuse when it happened to them.
Parents in your classroom: What can you do to ensure that students have a safe and supportive environment for learning about sex?
Parents can do their part by educating their kids about the impact of sexual abuse and the harmful consequences of not having safe sex.
For students, this can mean that they’re able to talk openly about their feelings and feelings of sexual consent, and how they could help