Families

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Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

Books
Lower primary
Upper primary
International
emotional literacy
families
friendships

Topics: resilience, emotions, feelings, jealousy, anger, hate, isolation,  injustice, siblings, friendship.


Fiction


Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in his hair. His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!


Age: 6 to 9 years.

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Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society

Research and reports
Websites
Teacher
Parent
Australia
families
gender diversity
intimate relationships
LGBTI
safer sex
sex education
sexual diversity

A centre for social research into sexuality, health and the social dimensions of human relationships based at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

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Barriers and prompts to parent-child sexual communication

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
International
families
guidelines
intimate relationships
parenting
protective behaviours
puberty
research and reports
sex education
sexual diversity
sexual health
STIs and BBVs

A research report from 2016 investigating what prompts parents to start the conversation about sexuality with their children. Many parents feel that their children are too young to talk about sexuality, and often don't know how to start the conversation. This article addresses barriers that parents experience in regards to talking about sexuality with their children.

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Because it's my body!

Books
Lower primary
Teacher
Parent
International
consent
families
family and domestic violence
friendships
parenting
protective behaviours
sexual abuse

Topics: protective behaviours, child abuse prevention, bodily autonomy, safety, art.


Fiction


Focusing on empowerment and prevention, this approachable book gives young children a way to reject unwanted, possibly harmful physical contact by adults and other kids.


Age: 4 to 7 years.

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Challenging gender stereotypes in the early years: the power of parents

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
Australia
families
gender
gender diversity
guidelines
parenting
research and reports

This paper provides an overview of survey findings and discusses the key results within the context of international literature on early childhood, gender and development, and parenting.

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Changes

Books
Lower primary
Upper primary
Parent
International
emotional literacy
families

Topics: changes, families, new baby.


Fiction


When Joseph's mother comes home, says his father, things are going to change. And so they do, in the most extraordinary ways. This book explores the changes to Joseph's life when his parents bring home his baby sister.


Ages: 4 to 11 years.

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Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul

Books
Lower primary
Upper primary
Lower secondary
International
emotional literacy
families
friendships

A collection of short stories, anecdotes, poems and cartoons which present a positive outlook on life (8 to 12 years). Topics: courage, hope, laughter.

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Counselling Online

Support services
Websites
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Australia
families
help seeking
media literacy
mental health

Communicate with a professional counsellor about an alcohol or drug related concern using text-interaction. This service is free for anyone seeking help with their own drug use or the drug use of a family member, relative or friend. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across Australia.

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Donor Conception Network

Videos
Websites
Lower primary
Upper primary
Parent
International
families
parenting
reproduction

Booklets and films written for children about conception via donor.

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Emily's blue period

Books
Lower primary
Upper primary
Parent
International
emotional literacy
families
mental health

Topics: emotional literacy, sadness, change, families, divorce


Fiction


Emily wants to be an artist. She likes painting and loves the way artists like Pablo Picasso mixed things up. Emily's life is a little mixed up right now. Her dad doesn't live at home anymore, and it feels like everything around her is changing. She is going through her 'blue period'. A book about a young child dealing with her parent's divorce.


Ages: 4 to 8 years.

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Family Planning NSW

Agencies
Clinical services
Professional development
Presenters/Workshops
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
consent
contraception
families
intimate relationships
multicultural
parenting
puberty
reproduction
sex education
special needs
STIs and BBVs

Provides reproductive and sexual health services throughout NSW. Includes a section for teachers.

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Family Planning Victoria (FPV)

Agencies
Presenters/Workshops
Support services
Clinical services
Professional development
Social media
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
bodies
consent
contraception
emotional literacy
families
friendships
gender diversity
protective behaviours
puberty
reproduction
sex education
sexual diversity
STIs and BBVs

Provides reproductive and sexual health services throughout Victoria. Includes a section on school programs.

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Girl stuff for girls aged 8-12

Books
Upper primary
Australia
bodies
emotional literacy
families
friendships
puberty

A 176 page non-fiction book.

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Girls like that and other plays for teenagers

Books
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Australia
adolescence
body image
emotional literacy
families
friendships
gender
gender diversity
LGBTI
puberty
sexting
sexual diversity

Fiction


'Girls Like That' explores the pressures caused by technology when a schoolgirls naked photograph goes viral.

'Banana Boys' is about the challenge of being on the school football team and being secretly gay.

'Holloway Jones' is a about with growing up with a parent in prison.

'Pronoun' is about two childhood sweethearts dealing with the fact that one of them, Isabella, has come out as transgender.

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Handbook for parents - consortium on the management of disorders of sex development

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
International
adolescence
families
gender diversity
intersex variations
mental health
parenting
research and reports
sexual diversity

A handbook for parents with children who have intersex variations.

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Headspace

Agencies
Support services
Websites
Upper primary
Upper secondary
Australia
adolescence
families
friendships
gender diversity
help seeking
LGBTI
mental health
sexual diversity
sexual health

Headspace centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs, work and study support. There are over 100 centres in Australia. eheadspace is the national online and phone support service, staffed by experienced youth mental health professionals. qheadspace offers online support for LGBTQIA+ young people.

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Is this normal? Understanding your child's sexual development from birth to the teens

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
Australia
families
guidelines
parenting
protective behaviours
research and reports
sex education

This book explains the "Traffic Lights" framework for understanding and responding to children's sexual behaviours. It describes everyday situations and provides tools to support communication with children about sexuality and relationships.

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Issues Paper: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) children and young people

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
adolescence
families
gender
gender diversity
intersex variations
parenting
research and reports
sex education
sexual diversity

Paper by the Commissioner for Children and Young People on gender and sexual diversity.

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Kids Helpline

Agencies
Support services
Websites
Lower primary
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
families
friendships
help seeking
intimate relationships
parenting

Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25. The website also provides lots of valuable information for kids and parents.

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Let's talk about sex

Books
Teacher
Parent
International
adolescence
bodies
contraception
families
gender diversity
intersex variations
intimate relationships
LGBTI
online
puberty
reproduction
safer sex
sex education
sexting
sexual diversity
STIs and BBVs

Non-fiction


Biological and psychological information about sex: from puberty and conception to birth control and STIs, including sections on the body, families and babies, and sexual health. New edition includes expanded information on internet, texting safety, contraception and LGBT.

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