The Future of Sex Ed
By Chrissy @ Planned Parenthood | May 25, 2021, 6:15 p.m.
May is Sex Ed for All Month, and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate access to comprehensive, inclusive, and medically-accurate sex education. As the nation’s largest provider of sex ed, Planned Parenthood helps people learn how to communicate about sex, make the best decisions for their lives, stay safe, and engage in healthy relationships. While our educators and promotorxs normally provide education in classrooms, community centers, and even at bus stops, the COVID-19 pandemic shifted much of this work online.
Just like other teachers, our educators adapted to meet the moment and shifted quickly to using digital platforms and social media to ensure that students and our communities continued to have access to the high-quality education they need to make healthy and informed decisions. As part of this work, we launched Sex Ed To-Go, an online sex education resource for educators, parents, youth-serving professionals, and students. We know that even in a pandemic, students deserve access to sex education that doesn’t judge them, that teaches them about boundaries and consent, and that helps them make more empowered and informed decisions.
We want to ensure that all people – regardless of who they are or where they live – have access to foundational knowledge about their bodies, their health and their rights. Sex Ed To-Go is a free tool that ensures students – regardless of their state’s or school’s policies – get baseline knowledge about important topics from pregnancy prevention to consent to how to access services. It also supports busy teachers with bite-sized learnings on how to be an effective sex educator as well as classroom materials, resources and videos to support or expand on our basic courses. And because we believe that parents and caregivers are children’s best sex educators, we created a free three-part course to help them bravely step into these important conversations.
All student and family courses are closed captioned for accessibility and many courses are available in Spanish.
As we look to the future, we are committed to making sex education more accessible, more equitable, and more inclusive — for all. We work every day to ensure that people have the information, resources, and skills they need to make the best decisions for themselves. Check out a sample below of all that you can access on Sex Ed To-Go for free!
Pregnancy, Childbirth, Adoption, and Abortion
Pregnancy Prevention, Including Abstinence
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Introduction to Effective Sex Education
Inclusive Sex Education
Supporting Health Relationships
Laws and Policies in CA
Answering Student Questions
Family Communication Courses:
Part 1: Preparing Yourself
Part 2: Handling Emotional Conversations Well
Part 3: Tips and Tricks for Effective Conversations
Visit Sex Ed To-Go today to access more resources.