For parents

For parents

Before sharing any resources with your child or young person

These resources listed are to help parents increase confidence and skills to support their children and answer their questions. Some parents may choose to show their children resources on this list which is why it’s important that parents and carers check before sharing them with their child. These resources are not offered as education for children. You need to make sure that the resources suit your comfort level, your values and your individual family setting. While the resources listed here include a variety of topics, and match some of the diverse needs of different families, they do not necessarily reflect the topics we cover in primary school year levels.


Body Safety Education: A Parents’ Guide to Protecting Kids from Sexual Abuse, Jayneen Sanders

Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, & Navigating the New Masculinity, Peggy Orenstein

Dating and Sex: A Guide for the 21st Century Teen Boy, by Andrew Irwin-Smiler PhD

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, J Richardson & M Schuster

For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way we Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values & Health, Al Vernacchio

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, Peggy Orenstein

How to Talk with Your Kids About Porn, Dr Jane Cherrington

Kids, Sex & Screens, Jillian Roberts

Legitimate Sexpectations: The Power of Sex-Ed, Katrina Marson

No Shame: Real Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Self-confidence & Healthy Relationships, Dr Lea Lis

Raising Sexually Intelligent Kids: Practical Skills for Parents, Carers and Educators, Anisa Varasteh

Sex, Teens and Everything in Between, Shafia Zaloom

Talking Sex: A Conversation Guide for Parents, Vanessa Hamilton

The New Puberty, Amanda Dunn

The Secret Lives of Teen Girls: What Your Mother Wouldn’t Talk About but Your Daughter Needs to Know, Evelyn Resh

Downloadable resources

Talk Soon Talk Often: a Guide for Parents for Talking to Their Kids About Sex, Western Australia Department of Health, PDF document, online

Victoria police fact sheet (‘Challenging misconceptions about sexual offending)

Websites  (national sexual assault counselling service)


A Mighty Girl

Better Health (sexual health & relationships, parenting)

Birds & Bees & Kids

Bullying in the Workplace (info for parents with working teens & older children)

Bullying No Way

Consent Parenting

Culture Reframed (parents’ program)

Cyber Safety Project

eSafety Commissioner (image-based abuse or cyber bullying)

eSmart (Alannah & Madeline Foundation)

Essential Kids (filter products, help service/desk)

Freedom (app that blocks internet)

HUSH education

It’s Time We Talked (pornography) (general help)

Kids Matter

National Centre Against Bullying

Bullying No Way

Raising Children

Media Smarts

Minus18 (support for LGBTQI+ young people)

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (sexual health)

National Centre Against Bullying

Officer Gomez (Facebook parenting page)

Orange Door (family violence support and extra help for children and families)

Planned Parenthood (‘Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Sex & Relationships’)

Porn Resilient Kids

Protecting Your Family Online (Australian Cyber Security Centre) (parenting)

Reach Out (general support and mental health for young people) (sexual assault crisis line) (sexual health & relationships) & (centres against sexual assault)

Sexual Health Victoria (sexual health)

Student Wellbeing Hub

The Line (dating, relationships, masculinity, sex) (general support & info for young people)


Ask Lisa: The psychology of Parenting, Dr Lisa Damour

Become an Askable Parent with Amaze,  Amaze

Doing it, Sexual Health Victoria

Just Say This, Amy Lang

Mighty Parenting: Real Raw & Relevant Talk About Raising Teens and Parenting Young Adults, Sandy Fowler

Parental as Anything, Maggie Dent

THAT Sex Ed Podcast, Jenny Ackland & Justine Kiely-Scott (Sex Education Australia founders)

The Puberty Podcast, Dr Cara Natterson & Vanessa Kroll Bennett

The Puberty Prof, Lori Reichel

General support services (1800 737 732 National Helpline)

KidsHelpline (1800 55 1800)

Lifeline (24-hour Crisis Line 131 114 / TEXT service: 0477 13 11 14)

Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491 for anger issues, relationships, parenting, support for women/family members experiencing male violence)

Minus18 (support for LGBTQIA+ community)

QLife (anonymous and free LGBTQIA+ peer support)

Rainbow Door (free LGBTQIA+ helpline for info, support & referral to all LGBTQIA+ Victorians, their friends and family) (help and advice for young people across a range of issues)

Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre (1800 015 188 Safe Steps Crisis Line (Vic)) (‘Sex education for the real world’)

Sexual Assault Crisis Line (1800 806 292 Sexual Assault Crisis Line Victoria)

Sexual Heath Victoria (sexual health information)

The Line (all about relationships)

Further reading

Please take care when you read this information, it may be upsetting for some.

Fact sheet from Victoria Police (‘Challenging the misconceptions about sexual offending’)

Grooming – Know the warning signs (RAIIN)

Love is Respect (What is sexual coercion?)

Teach Us Consent (Australian petition about sexual assault, organised by Chanel Contos)

What is love bombing: 12 signs in a new relationship (article)

What is sexual harassment  (

What does sexual coercion look like? (article)


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