We believe that parents and caregivers are vital partners in the sexuality education of their children, and we are committed to working together with parents to provide sensitive, age-appropriate sex education.
Parent information sessions/Parent & child evenings
SEA runs parent information sessions as well as parent-child evenings for parents and caregivers who want to be active in their child's sex education. These evenings can be organised and held at the school, or independently of schools.
Tips for talking to your children
Many parents grew up in a home where issues related to sexuality were rarely discussed and so we often don't have a memory of how best to deal with the topic. Sometimes we are so concerned with 'getting it right', that we avoid or miss the opportunities to talk. Talking with your children and letting them see you are open to their questions and concerns means they know they can come to you for advice or support.
- When a child asks a question, it means they are ready to know but it doesn't mean they are necessarily ready to know everything about that topic.
- Listen carefully to their question. Clarify what they are asking.
- It's ok if you don't know the answer or are unsure how to answer. You can explore the answer together or say to your child you don't know the answer but will get back to them when you have the information you need. Don't use this as a tactic to avoid answering – always respond as best you can. Ask yourself the question: Do I want to give my child information about this topic or would I rather they ask their friends or 'google it'?
- Answer the question as clearly and simply as possible and try to avoid 'over answering.' It's a normal reaction, when a little anxious about answering a question about sex, to compensate by talking too much about it. Children will only process what they can understand.
See our page on Services for information about parent evenings and parent-child sessions.
Walsh, J 2011, Talk soon. Talk often: a guide for parents talking to their kids about sex, Western Australia. Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program, Perth p 32-33.
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