Talking about sex can be difficult enough – so what do you do if you want to teach sex ed? For some teacher friends of mine, they were given the responsibility of teaching sex ed, but no manual or curriculum (in fact, one friend was told to “just figure it out”). Understandably, this can be overwhelming.
In order to make sex education easier for teachers to deliver, the UK’s National Children’s Bureau (NCB) provides a number of resources for educators. While the NCB is based in the UK, the links and information that they provide is invaluable and likely to be helpful regardless of where you are teaching. Their web page on Resources provides information in curriculum design (with information broken up into different age groups), how to actually deliver quality sexuality education, involving young people, different topics to be included, an archive, and more.
Sexuality education can happen in many settings (and there are resources for different settings through the NCB!), not just in a school. Sex ed can be done in a church setting, through different youth groups and community organizations, and more. I have given sex ed programs to people in different sports (as a former high school athlete, I wished that I had gotten some good quality sex ed in that context).
Also, you don’t have to be an educator in order to be able to deliver a sex ed program. Even parents can use these resources, or even use them for yourselves. My mother happened to be very comfortable talking about sex and sexuality with me (which I was very lucky to have her, especially since my school didn’t provide the best sexuality education, as I have written about previously). There is always something new to be learned, so feel free to peruse the site to add to your own knowledge.
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