When it comes to learning about sexual health, children learn from a variety of different sources including parents, peers, schools, the internet, media, and religious institutions. However, Parents are a child’s most important role model and teacher!
When looking for direction and information it’s important to look at sites that are Canadian, reliable and accurate, as there are many that give wrong information or just opinion.
The Journal of Adolescent Health found that “increasing parental involvement in the sexual health education of their children can delay intercourse, increase use of contraception, reduce risk-taking behaviour, and decrease sexually-transmitted infections.”
These resource links are provided for information only and do not imply an endorsement of views, products or services.
As a parent, you teach your child about sexual health, not just sex. Sexual health includes things like hygiene, healthy relationships, sexuality and consent.
- Teaching Sexual Health: By Age, Topic and How to Prepare for and Start the Conversation
- Your Role as the Parent
- Tips for Talking to your Child
- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
- Does Sex-Ed Save Lives?
- Talking to the young person in your life about sexuality – Kids Help Phone
Resources in Chatham-Kent
Chatham-Kent Public Health (CKPHU) has public health nurses who are non-judgmental and active within their communities and schools.
For further information, please contact the Sexual Health Intake Nurse at 519.355.1071 ext. 5901.