Online Resources for Parents

Sexuality Education

General

 


On Talking to Your Kids About Sexuality:

Tools for Parents

Planned Parenthood’s tools for parents include resources on Let’s Talk Month, which promotes parent-child communication about sexuality. Resources for parents include videos, Tips for Talking With Your Teen About Sexuality, guides on Using TV to Talk With Your Children About Sex, Talking About Consent and Healthy Relationships at Every Age, a Healthy Relationships Bingo game, and more. 

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/parents

 

Hey, What Do I Say?

A parent to parent guide on how to talk to children about sexuality.

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/2514/0034/8138/ParentGuide.pdf

 

There’s No Place Like Home (for Sex Education)

This online book offers a developmentally and age-appropriate series of lessons for parents on how to talk to their children, broken down by every age from preschool through high school.

http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/publications/publications-a-z/589-theres-no-place-like-home-for-sex-education

 

Talk About Sex (Book)

This SIECUS “minibook” includes sections on: What is Sexuality; Sexual Rights; Basic Biology; Staying Healthy; Gender Identity; Sexual Orientation; Relationships; Communication Skills; Choosing What to Do; Sexual Behavior; Sexual Response; Sexual Abuse; Birth Control; STDs/HIV; and Find Out More.

www.siecus.org/_data/global/images/TalkAboutSex.pdf

 

Birds and Bees and Kids

Birds and Bees and Kids offers support for parents in giving “the talk”, including videos, books, webinars, workshops, and training sessions. 

www.birdsandbeesandkids.com

 

American Sexual Health Association

The American Sexual Health Association provides information about sexually transmitted infections and sexual health. They have a resources section for parents with tips for talking to kids about sexuality and suggestions on how to start the conversation. 

www.ashasexualhealth.org

 


General Parenting Support & Advice:

National Parent Helpline

The “Find Support” section links to online resources on a number of topics including information on adoption. There are also resources broken down by the age of the child. 

http://www.nationalparenthelpline.org
1-855-4A-PARENT (1-855-427-2736) (Mon-Fri 10 am – 7 pm (PT))

 

Boys Town National Hotline

Online resources include parenting guides on subjects such as potty training, discipline, digital/online safety, mealtimes, manners, bullying, and information for parenting teens.  There is a section called “Ask a Question” that allows parents to submit their questions online to receive assistance from trained counselors 24/7.

www.boystown.org
1-800-448-3000 (Available 24/7)

 


On Children's Health:

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a wealth of medially accurate information on children’s physical and mental health needs. There are sections with information on topics such as family life, and the ages and stages of child development.

www.healthychildren.org

 


On Understanding Kids' Brains:

The Amazing Brain Series

This series published by the Institute for Safe Families, is designed for parents and caregivers. The booklets may be downloaded and printed online.  Booklets include:

  • The Amazing Brain: What Every Parent and Caregiver Needs to Know
  • The Amazing Brain and Discipline: Positive Parenting Builds Healthy Brains
  • The Amazing Teen Brain: What Parents Need to Know
  • The Amazing Brain: Trauma and the Potential for Healing

All of the Amazing Brain series can be found at: www.instituteforsafefamilies.org/materials/amazing-brain

 

Alberta Family Wellness

Children’s earliest experiences affecting their brain development can have lifelong impacts. The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative studies early brain development with the goal of improving overall public health. Parents can learn more about how to support their child’s healthy brain development.

www.albertafamilywellness.org

 


On Talking to Your Kids About Healthy Relationships:

Futures Without Violence

Futures Without Violence is a national organization working to end violence against women and children. Futures Without Violence is the creator of That’s Not Cool, Coaching Boys into Men, and the Start Strong Initiative. This site features model school policy, pocket brochures, fact sheets, action plans for preventing college sexual assault, and parents’ guides.

A guide for parents on how to talk to their teens about dating violence is located here:

www.futureswithoutviolence.org/talk-teens-teen-dating-violence

 


On Helping Kids Manage Difficult Situations:

Fostering Resilience

Parenting tips to foster strengths in children recognize signs of trouble in children, and a special section for teens on how to manage stress. There is also a section for professionals who work with youth.

www.fosteringresilience.com