For Caregivers

Resources

  • Manual/materials for hard-to-handle topics –
    http://www.siecus.org/index.fm 

    Includes facts, activities and ideas for how to talk to students about topics including:

    • Abstinence, setting limits, reasons not to have sex
    • Condoms
    • Sexuality and diversity, stereotypes, disability, discrimination, etc.
    • Teen pregnancy, options, abortion, parenting
    • Safer sex, alcohol, dating and courtship, risk reduction
    • Sexual behavior, masturbation, decision-making, sex in our culture
    • Sexual identity and orientation
    • Sexuality and society, gender roles, stereotypes
  • SexualityResource Center for Parents – www.srcp.org
    There are certain things that all parents need to know about sexual health, and it’s probably best to know these things before you start answering your child’s questions about sexual health or responding to their behaviors that seem sexual in nature. There are sections with information for parents of children with typical development, parents of children with developmental disabilities, and parents of children with physical disabilities.
  • Common Sense Media – www.commonsensemedia.org
    From website: Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
  • ANSWER – http://answer.rutgers.edu
    Answer believes parents are the most important sexual health educators for their children. It can be tough to talk about sexual health with your own children. Answer is here to help by providing links to books, organizations, web sites, and workshops that can support you in this critical role. There are lots of resources that can help you become more comfortable and confident talking with your children. Your children want to hear from you, so talk early and talk often.
  • Teen mental health information – www.teenmentalhealth.org/learn/
    With topics including:
    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder Schizophrenia, Self-Injury/Selfpression, Brain Injury, Suicide, Healthy Sleep-Harm.

For Caregivers as Sex Educators

  • Advocates for Youth – www.advocatesforyouth.org/parents-sex-ed-center-home?task=view
    This section of Advocates for Youth’s web site contains all of the information and resources you need to begin talking with your children about sexual health.
  • Iwannaknow – www.iwannaknow.org/parents/overview.html
    Aims to give parents the tools they need to teach their children about sexual health. Sexual health is not just about sex–it includes the roles, behaviors and values people associate with being a man or a woman. Educating a child about sexual health is an important part of his or her healthy development. Their early understanding of sex, love, intimacy and their own sexuality can help mold their values, behavior, and even their self-image, for a lifetime.
  • Louisiana Public Health Institute – www.lphi.org/work/family-health/
    Includes information about LPHI’s programs related to programs related to building community capacity around primary care, behavioral health, reproductive and sexual health services and social service provision.

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