Parenting

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Girl puberty: How to talk about puberty and sex with your tween girl

Books
Parent
Western Australia
adolescence
body image
consent
contraception
parenting
puberty
sex education

Topics: puberty


Non-fiction


For parents/carers of 9 to 13 year olds to help them talk to their daughters about puberty and sex. Explains what topics to cover and how to start conversations.


Age: Parents and teachers of children 9 to 13 years.

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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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HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia: Annual report of trends in behaviour (2012)

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
Australia
intimate relationships
LGBTI
sexual diversity
STIs and BBVs

This report presents data from social and behavioural research conducted by the National Centre in HIV Research. Includes data on the sexual health of young people.

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How to talk to kids about bodies

Books
Teacher
Parent
Australia
bodies
body image
parenting
puberty
reproduction
sex education

Non-fiction


A 38 page guide for parents showing them how to have shame-free conversations with their child about their genitals.


Age: Parents and teachers of children 0 to 12 years.

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How to use a condom

Videos
Websites
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
adolescence
contraception
health literacy
intimate relationships
parenting
safer sex

An animation from the Get The Facts website demonstrating how to use a condom correctly.

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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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It’s about more than just sex: curricula and educational materials to help young people achieve better sexual and reproductive health (2013)

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
International
adolescence
parenting
sex education
sexual health

The toolkit provides descriptions of high-quality, adult- and youth-led curricula designed to improve youth sexual and reproductive health.

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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 the birds and the bees

Books
Lower primary
Upper primary
Teacher
Parent
International
bodies
consent
families
intimate relationships
parenting
protective behaviours
puberty
reproduction
sex education

Non-fiction


Cartoon illustrated book for parents to read to children about differences between male and female reproductive systems, private body parts, sexual intercourse, love, puberty, what touching is ok/not ok, families. Simple facts as a starting point for conversations. 

Book review by Cath Hak 6min (external link)


Age: Parents and teachers of 4 to 11 year olds.

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Let's Yarn!

Websites
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
adolescence
intimate relationships
multicultural
protective behaviours
safer sex
sex education
STIs and BBVs

Let’s Yarn! has been developed to make it easier for educators, parents and health professionals to talk to young Aboriginal people about ways of developing strong, safe and healthy relationships. The website brings together useful resources developed by WA Health and other government and non-government agencies around Australia.

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More secret girls' business

Books
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
bodies
body image
disabilities
emotional literacy
parenting
puberty

Topics: puberty, menstruation.


Non-fiction


Uses simple text and colour illustrations to explain how to manage periods. It includes notes for parents, teachers and carers.


Age: 8+

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My body belongs to me

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

Fiction


A straightforward story of a young girl that was sexually abused by a friend's uncle. The young girl tells her mum and dad who help her. Explains that it is not her fault. A rhyming book.

YouTube version 3min 9sec (external link)

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My body belongs to me from my head to my toes

Books
Videos
Lower primary
Teacher
Parent
International
consent
families
parenting
protective behaviours
sexual abuse

Fiction


A story that covers safe touch, personal space, types of touch, how to say no to unwanted touch, and how to tell someone if abuse has happened. Includes a letter to parents/carers.

YouTube version 5min 36sec (external link)

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My underpants rule!

Books
Lower primary
Parent
International
bodies
consent
parenting
protective behaviours

Fiction


A story that explains to children that what is under your underpants is private. No one is allowed to touch private parts and how to say no.

Book review by Cath Hak 2min 3sec (external link)

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No means no!

Books
Videos
Lower primary
Parent
Australia
bodies
consent
parenting
protective behaviours

Fiction


A story about bodily autonomy, personal space, consent and protective behaviours.

YouTube version 3min 22sec (external link)

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On the number of intersex people

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
Australia
families
gender diversity
health education
intersex variations
parenting
research and reports
sexual diversity

This article reviews available data on the number of intersex people, and the complications involved in data collection.

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Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays WA (PFLAG-WA)

Support services
Agencies
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
friendships
gender diversity
help seeking
intersex variations
LGBTI
parenting
sexual diversity

PFLAG-WA is an organisation that supports the parents, family members and friends of loved ones who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex. They offer peer support through their phone line and support group meetings.

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Parents and their support for school-based relationships and sexuality education - Western Australia Snapshot Report (2022)

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
adolescence
families
intimate relationships
parenting
research and reports
sex education
sexual health
STIs and BBVs

This project and final report were commissioned by the Western Australian Department of Health to examine parents' and caregivers' attitudes towards school-based relationships and sexuality education. This report summaries the WA data from the broader National survey.

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PB West

Agencies
Professional development
Presenters/Workshops
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
consent
law
parenting
protective behaviours
sexual abuse

PB West provide Protective Behaviours education training and information for schools, educators and parents.

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Perceptions and Experiences of First Sexual Intercourse in Australian Adolescent Females

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
body image
consent
families
intimate relationships
mental health
parenting
research and reports
safer sex
sex education
sexual health
sexualisation
STIs and BBVs

This article aims to better understand the factors that influence the initiation of first intercourse among adolescent females and to explore the context in which this occurs.

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