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Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators

Resources from Workshop 1: General Information and Starting Points

  • For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Health by Al Vernacchio. HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY, 2014.
  • From Diapers to Dating: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children—from Infancy to Middle School by Debra W. Haffner. Newmarket Press, New York, NY, 2008.
  • Sexuality Talking Points: A Guide to Thoughtful Conversations Among Parents and Children by Melanie Davis. Honest Exchange, Somerville, NJ, 2013.
  • Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids’ “Go-To” Person about Sex by Deborah Roffman. Da Capo Press, Boston, MA, 2012.

More Information and Next Steps

Resources from Workshop 2: Communication

Resources from Workshop 3: Sexual Health

  • Scarleteen.com, an online resource for sexuality, sex, sexual health, relationship information, advice, and support since 1998, www.Scarleteen.com
  • Go Ask Alice!, an online health question-and-answer resource produced by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, healthcare providers, and other health professionals, www.GoAskAlice.com
  • “Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs),” an e-publication offered by the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, http://www.WomensHealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/sexually-transmitted-infections.html
  • “Contraception,” an overview of many contraceptive methods and the effectiveness of each, available at the CDC website, http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/unintendedpregnancy/contraception.htm
  • S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College by Heather Corinna
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective
  • Guide to Getting It On by Paul Joannides

Resources for Young Teenagers

  • It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  • "What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys" & “What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls" by Lynda Madaras
  • Body Drama by Nancy Amanda Redd
  • The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
  • Changing Bodies, Changing Lives by Ruth Bell
  • Deal with It! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain, and Life as a gURL by Esther Drill, Rebecca Odes, and Heather McDonald
  • From Boys to Men: All About Adolescence and You by Michael Gurian
  • Growing Up: It’s A Girl Thing by Mavis Jukes
  • Sex, Puberty and All That Stuff: A Guide to Growing Up by Jacqui Bailey
  • What’s Happening to Me? The Answers to Some of the World’s Most Embarrassing Questions by Peter Mayle

Resources from Workshop 4: Gender Identity

Resources from Workshop 5: Sexual Orientation

  • Imagine A World Where Being “Gay” Is the Norm & Being “Straight” Would Be The Minority!, a 20-minute video from exploring what it would be like if heterosexuality were considered deviant, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnOJgDW0gPI
  • PFLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays) Publications, a substantial body of free, downloadable PDFs that cover a wide variety of issues, http://community.pflag.org/freepublications
  • Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality by Hanne Blank (2012), an engaging, in-depth discussion of the history of the terms heterosexual and homosexual

Resources from Workshop 6: Relationship Constellations

Resources from Workshop 7: Decision Making

Resources from Workshop 8: Consent Education

Resources from Workshop 9: Social Media

  • Apophenia - blog by researcher danah boyd, in which she posts her ongoing thoughts on privacy, context, youth culture, social media, and big data
  • SafeKids.com - website offering numerous resources on Internet safety
  • Common Sense Media - website dedicated to helping families make smart media choices and helping parents and caregivers navigate the challenges of raising children in this digital age
  • Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety: Sexuality and the Internet - an article on the Advocates for Youth website by Barbara Huberman, RN, BSN, MEd

Resources from Workshop 10: Pornography