Questions students ask

When is an image classed as being sexually explicit?

Knowing when an image is defined as being sexually explicit is not a clear cut matter. Some representations are obviously sexually explicit; for example pictures of sexual activity or of a naked person displaying their genitals, buttocks or breasts. An image leaving little to the imagination can generally be defined as sexually explicit!

However there are varying ideas about what is considered to be sexual and what images are sexually arousing. It is therefore important that young people know not to send images to anyone who is not trustworthy. Even when someone is thought to be trusted, there is still a risk that it could be shared without consent. A good rule of thumb is - if a young person wouldn’t want their parents to see it, they should think about not sending it.

See the esafety.gov.au website for more information.

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When is the right age to be in a sexual relationship?

There is no legal age defining when someone is able to have a relationship, however if a young person is thinking of having a sexual relationship, or a relationship with sexual activities, there are important legal factors to consider.

In Western Australia, the legal age for sexual intercourse is 16 years and older. This applies to males and females and is regardless of sexual orientation. Legal sex also means those involved must always give consent - given without coercion, force, pressure or being under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. A person over 16 years is legally viewed as being able to give consent and able to have a sexual partner of the same age or older.

The following questions are aimed to assist a young person to determine if they are ready for a relationship and/or a sexual relationship:

  • Do we trust each other?

  • Do we respect each other?

  • Do they like me for who I am?

  • Do I feel comfortable in what I'm about to do?

  • Will we respect each other's privacy by not telling our friends/mates?

  • Have we planned how to keep safe by using condoms and contraception?

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Where can I find more information on sexual health?

The Get the Facts website provides advice and accurate information on relationships and safer sex to young people in WA.

The site includes information pages, animations, games, true stories, and your questions can be answered confidentially by a health professional. 

Why do girls get periods?

Each month, the uterus prepares for a possible pregnancy. The lining of the uterus thickens into a cushion of blood vessels, glands and liquid. When a female becomes pregnant, this lining will nourish the fertilised egg for the term of the pregnancy. If the egg is not fertilised, then the lining (mostly blood and some fluid) passes out through the vagina. This bleeding is called a period, or menstruation.

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Why is it important to have good privacy settings on social media?

Using social networking and social media sites are easy ways to chat on-line, make new friends and keep in touch. However, there are some risks with meeting people online if you don’t already know them or haven’t met them in person. 

When talking and sharing thoughts and information online with people you don’t know or trust, keep in mind that once a message, photo or video is shared, there is no control over where it goes. Good privacy settings help ensure that you have control over who you ‘friend’. 

Not sharing the password, setting your profile to private and not accepting friend requests from random people are good standard practices.

See the esafety.gov.au website for more information.

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Why is there more than one needle for the HPV vaccine?

The current HPV vaccine (Gardasil9) is 2 doses (2 needles) which protects against 9 strains of the HPV virus. The previous HPV vaccine (Gardasil) had 3 doses (3 needles) and protected against 4 strains of the virus. All doses of the vaccine are needed for best protection against HPV and the only way to obtain its full benefits and protection.

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