Sex Education during COVID-19: Resources for educators and parents to talk about sex!

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School closures as a response to COVID-19 across the world has impacted education of children. Children and adolescents are spending more time online for virtual classes and to connect with their friends. This pandemic has made digital access necessary, but if misguided, this can be dangerous for young minds. There is an urgent need for parents and guardians to prevent their children from becoming participants of unwanted sexting, internet bullying or other transgressive behaviour. Accurate and responsible information about sex and reproductive issues can prepare children of all ages and enable them to reach out for support. We understand this can be overwhelming.

We have put together a useful resource list which includes guides and interactive tools to help you find ways to start the discussion on sex, sexuality, reproduction, and relationships. 

  • All One Curriculum: Guidelines and Activities for a Unified Approach to Sexuality, Gender, HIV, and Human Rights Education

https://www.popcouncil.org/research/its-all-one-curriculum-guidelines-and-activities-for-a-unified-approach-to-

  • Planned Parenthood tips for talking about sex with children of all ages ​​​​​​

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/parents/tips-talking

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/uploads/filer_public/6e/a4/6ea4bb87-e61e-4b99-a35e-8cf2e2c82a51/20171004-lets-talk-relationships-at-any-age-d01.pdf

  • Videos on myths, consent, reproductive issues and sexuality

https://www.ippfen.org/resource/basic-sex-ed-101-can-you-put-condom-banana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM86exl8tIU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MFy7z8isU8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZjYESyxEEk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lInVibdN2GE

  • Improve your knowledge about Comprehensive Sex Education

https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/report_downloads/demystifying-data-handouts_0.pdf

  • Tips for delivering sex-positive workshops for young people; An educator’s guide

https://rb.gy/ejii2i

  • IPPF Guide and messaging checklist to communicate effectively with young people

https://www.ippf.org/sites/default/files/youth_messaging_checklist.pdf

  • Share IPPF’s popular guide for young people - Healthy, Happy & Hot: A guide to your rights, sexuality, and living with HIV

https://www.ippf.org/healthy-happy-and-hot