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Sexting is a co-authored, negotiated experience that can empower young people. Shutterstock

How sexting is creating a safe space for curious millennials

There has been something of a moral panic around sexting – but research suggests that it can create safe, empowering spaces for young people exploring their sexuality.
Many claim the Safe Schools program is essential for reducing homophobia and transphobia in school. from www.shutterstock.com

Safe Schools review findings: experts respond

After a three-week debacle, the findings of the review into the Safe Schools Coalition program are out. Here's what academic experts make of the review.
The Safe Schools Coalition aims to help students deal with a broad range of sexual identities. Shutterstock

Explainer: what is Safe Schools Coalition?

Safe Schools Coalition has been the focus of hot debate, but there is little evidence to support the anxieties around its mission.
It’s normal for young people to want to learn about sex and relationships. Creatista/Shutterstock

It may be awkward, but we need to talk to kids about porn

The stash of hidden magazines you might remember from your youth is vastly different from the sexually explicit content children are exposed to today.
They have to learn it somewhere. Students via www.shutterstock.com

College students go online to learn about sex

When students land on campus, they often have unanswered questions about their reproductive health. One solution: create a massive open online class to teach them about reproductive health.
Presenting misinformation to our children about sex, sexual health and relationships is a risky practice. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Rational, modern sex education is a must for all Aussie kids

Religious exemptions to the anti-discrimination act should end to ensure fear mongering and misinformation are not present in our schools.
A page from a 1934 sex education manual that, like many of its era, managed to be less about sex than about policing racial boundaries. RPH West, Facts about Ourselves for Growing Boys and Girls (Public Health Department of the City of Johannesburg and the South African Red Cross Society, 1934). Wits Historical Papers, South African Institute of Race Relations Collection, AD 843 RJ/NA 18.

Let’s talk about sex education: race and shame in South Africa

In South Africa's segregated pre-apartheid state, even sex education was racialised. Christian missionaries had very different lessons for black and white children.
This column will examine how sex, gender, and sexuality impact physical and mental wellbeing and how these issues shape, and are shaped by, the types of societies we build and value. Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig/Flickr

Sex, health and society: what’s the connection?

“What do you do?” It’s a question that always makes my heart sink, which aspect of what I do should I highlight in the answer to this minefield of a question. The answer must be brief because the attention…
A Danish professor has called on schools to screen pornography so students are prepared to see it in the real world. Is a classroom really the place though? Shutterstock

Porn in classrooms? Right sentiment, wrong place

A Danish professor has called on schools to screen pornography so students are prepared to see it in the real world.
Would sex ed have changed anything? Teenage pregancy via Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

Compulsory sex education won’t reduce rates of teenage pregnancy

Proposals to force all schools to teach a compulsory sex education curriculum from primary level up and to restrict the right of parents to opt-out their children are back on the parliamentary agenda…

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