International Sex Education Day

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#InternationalSexEducationDay

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Talking to kids about sex and relationships can change their futures — and the world. Sex education, at home, in school, and even at the doctor’s office has a broad range of effects, including:

     Improving self-esteem and self-image

     Reducing at-risk sexual behavior

✓     Reducing teenage pregnancy

✓     Higher grades, test scores, and educational outcomes

#InternationalSexEducationDay

“Young people have a fundamental right to accurate, unbiased information about their body and sexuality. Sex education changes lives.” – Laci Green

What can you do to support sex education?

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What can parents do?
  • Carve out 10 minutes to talk to each of your kids using age appropriate language. For young children, you can talk about what our wonderous bodies can do. Older children can talk about consent and respect. Middle and high school kids can talk about safer sex practices.
  • Share an age-appropriate book about sexuality with your child.
  • Plan future “dates” together with your child where you can spend time and talk.
  • Tweet out to your local legislators and school board members that you want to see comprehensive sex education in your schools and around the country
  • For more ideas and support with talking to your kids about sex and relationships, check out Teen World Confidential: Five-Minute Topics to Open Conversation About Sex and Relationships
What can teachers, school nurses, and other school staff do?
  • Allow ten minutes in the classroom to discuss medically accurate internet resources young people can go to for information.
  • Allow your students to write down questions that they have about sexuality which can be shared with the nurse or health educator.
  • Give high school students access to condoms in the nurse’s office.
  • Reach out to your administrators and ask for comprehensive sex education curricula to be taught in your schools.
  • Demand sexuality education be taught starting in Kindergarten and built on each year.
What can healthcare professionals do?
  • Blast an email out to your patients with information on where to access medically-accurate sexuality information on the internet for young people and their parents.
  • Send an email to your state representatives about the importance of comprehensive sex education in the school.
  • Distribute books for parents to help them with the conversation, like Teen World Confidential: Five Minute Topics to Open Conversation About Sex and Relationships
  • Form sexuality education classes within your practice or medical community.
  • Have condoms available for your high school patients.
Why February 2?
February 2, 1919, pastors around the country preached abstinence on National Social Hygiene Day. Why? There was a tremendous problem with syphilis; which in turn meant individuals were having sex – outside of marriage. To preserve the sanctity of marriage and to help quell the incidence of VD (today we call it STI), people were told to abstain from sexual activity unless married. It didn’t work. One hundred years later, February 2, 2019, we reinstated National Social Hygiene Day but renamed it to be more reflective of today’s educational needs. We “preach” about the necessity of honest, open communication with young people about sex and relationships. (Source: Condom Nation: The U.S. Government’s Sex Education Campaign From World War I to the Internet by Alexandra M. Lord. Fantastic book.)

Just ten minutes – that’s all it takes! Ten minutes to start the conversation with your young person to keep them healthy and safe. This is grow into ongoing conversations throughout the year.

A century later, syphilis is on the rise. It is time to take the shame out of sex and empower individuals with medically-accurate information to help them make smart decisions, whatever that choice may be.

Are you in?

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“Yes! I will join other caring parents and pledge to talk to my child on International Sex Education Day!”

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