In an increasingly sexualised world, talking about puberty and sex seem a bit less straightforward than it was 20 years ago when I had the boys at home. Children are now exposed to sexual imagery (and predatory behaviour) a lot earlier and in new ways – more so than in the days before the Internet and smart phones. The outside world, from advertising to pornography, is having a huge influence on how our children and young people see themselves as sexual beings and conduct themselves – and the influence is often not very healthy. Children need to learn very early in life that their body is their’s, not to be violated by others. So rather than birds and bees, we now need to teach body safety and protective behaviours without instilling fear or shame into our children. We also need to educate all of our children and teens in how to hold on to their own values, and how to have respect for themselves and others, so that they can conduct respectful relationships.

I hope the resources on this page will give you some guidance…