Parents and carers play a key role in helping children and teens to stay safe. Talking to children and teens about growing up, puberty, periods, staying safe online and sex can be difficult for many parents and carers. We provide one-off workshops and a parent project ‘Teenology’ which helps to prepare parents to have open and honest conversations with their children and teenagers.
Parent Project ‘Teenology’ covers sex and relationships vocabulary, what to say and when, up to date information about online technologies, and shares knowledge and skills which will provide you with the confidence to answer any questions accurately.
What is sex and relationships education?
Sex and relationships education is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, sexuality and sexual health. It covers puberty, periods, reproduction, healthy relationships, consent, LGBT, body image, media impact, gender stereotypes and sexual health. It covers the online and offline world in which we live.
SRE supports children and teens to access accurate information and helps them to develop the skills they need to form positive beliefs, values and attitudes. Enabling children and teens to live their happiest and healthy lives.
Why is sex and relationships education so important?
The need to protect children and teens from inappropriate online content, cyber-bullying and exploitation is a growing concern. And technology evolves at such as fast pace. A quality and effective programme of sex and relationships education provided in school, which is supported by parents at home can support in addressing these issues.
Children and young people want to be prepared for the physical and emotional changes they undergo at puberty, and young people want to learn about relationships.
Older pupils frequently say that sex and relationships education is ‘too little, too late and too biological’. Ofsted reinforced this in their 2013 Not Yet Good Enough report about PSHE.
Where do young people want to learn about sex and relationships?
Children and young people are clear that parents are an important source of learning about sex and relationships.
The national survey of sexual attitudes and lifestyles. (March 2015) found young people wanted to learn about sex and relationships from their mothers. Following this, young people listed school, healthcare professionals, the media and their fathers.
The same study found that young people were more likely to learn from friends, school and porn.
Where do young people learn about sex and relationships?
- School lessons 40.3%
- Friends 24.1%
- Parents .21.2 % ( 14.1% girls and 7.1% boys)
- Pornography 26.2% (24% boys and 2.2% girls)
The national survey of sexual attitudes and lifestyles. March 2015
If you would like to find out more, please contact Tough Cookies Education via email or call 07824 885 837 to discuss.