It's old-fashioned, out of date and varies massively from school to school.
Sexting is a co-authored, negotiated experience that can empower young people.
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.
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.
American classrooms do not talk frankly about teenage love or emotional intimacy.
Sex education in American classrooms tends to focus on physical acts, disease and pregnancy. It provides little support to teenage boys for their need for emotional intimacy.
The Safe Schools Coalition aims to help students deal with a broad range of sexual identities.
Safe Schools Coalition has been the focus of hot debate, but there is little evidence to support the anxieties around its mission.
The debate around around children and online porn is more than just requiring sites ask their age.
Time to have the conversation.
Young people with muscular and genetic disorders are living longer and should have good sex education too.
It’s normal for young people to want to learn about sex and relationships.
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.
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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.
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The heavy hand of the law has no place in helping teenagers learn about sex – but teenagers must realise it can still catch up with them.
Belgium’s Goedele Liekens is on a sex education crusade.
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A documentary followed what happened when adolescents were given classes about pornography.
Presenting misinformation to our children about sex, sexual health and relationships is a risky practice.
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.
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.
“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…
It may be a taboo discussion but let’s face the reality.
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Teenagers see and use porn – rather than bury our head in the sand let's help them to discuss and understand its effects.
Safety filters clearly aren’t working.
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Technology to filter porn from children is clearly not enough to protect them.
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?
A Danish professor has called on schools to screen pornography so students are prepared to see it in the real world.
Learning about relationships is as important as learning about protection.
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Learning about sex at school is crucial for children, but they need support at home too.
Not a naughty word.
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A new report from MPs on the Education Select Committee calling for sex education to be made statutory, has much in it to be welcomed by those who have been campaigning for improvements in the provision…
Would sex ed have changed anything?
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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…