October is Sex Education Month!
Let’s talk to our youth about sex and sexuality! Planned Parenthood has posted a bunch of great resources to help parents and guardians reach out to their kids during Let’s Talk Month. The Sex Ed Store is chock full of activities, curricula, and books to assist in having conversations as well, like Talk to Me First, The Sex Wise Parent, and more!
Condoms to Kids
Pediatricians say schools are the best place to get condoms into kids hands, paired nicely with comprehensive sex education. Contrary to mainstream belief, condoms don’t actually encourage kids to have sex, but rather, provide them with the knowledge and tools to use when they do decide to engage in sexual behavior. In fact, teen pregnancy rates have fallen over the past several years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The facts cannot be denied: Condoms are 98% effective in preventing pregnancy and most sexually transmitted infections.
Sex Ed Standards
Check out the National Sexuality Education Standards: Content and Skills, K-12. The standards were developed in 2011 by the Future of Sex Education (FoSE), a project of Advocates for Youth, Answer: sex ed, honestly; and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), to advance support and the institutionalization of comprehensive sexuality education in US public schools.