Protective behaviours

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All good?

Agencies
Support services
Clinical services
Websites
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Australia
help seeking
immunisation
multicultural
protective behaviours
sex education
sexual health
STIs and BBVs

Information on STIs and BBVs, places to get testing and treatment - written and audio translations in over 20 languages.

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Barriers and prompts to parent-child sexual communication

Research and reports
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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!

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Lower primary
Teacher
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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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Calls to teach consent in schools

News articles
Videos
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
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Teacher
Parent
Australia
consent
family and domestic violence
gender
help seeking
law
protective behaviours
sexual abuse
sexualisation

7min TV news video from 10 Play, The Project (PG). 21 Feb 2021. An online petition has revealed the extent of alleged sexual assault playing out in Australia's schools.

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eSafeKids

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Presenters/Workshops
Professional development
Lower primary
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
adolescence
bodies
consent
law
media literacy
online
parenting
pornography
protective behaviours
sexting

eSafeKids educates, equips and empowers children and young people to have safe and positive experiences. eSafeKids support and inspire parents, carers, educators and other professionals to talk with children about Protective Behaviours, body safety, esafety, digital wellness and pornography. Services include: professional development, parent/carer and student workshops. Resources to teach: protective behaviours, body safety, consent, media literacy, digital wellness, cyber safety, pornography and more.

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Everyone's Got a Bottom

Books
Lower primary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
consent
family and domestic violence
parenting
protective behaviours
sexual abuse

A story about students keeping safe, written in a style that is fun and positive. It is a tool to start a conversation with students about self-protection (3 to 8 years). Available to purchase from Family Planning Queensland.

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Family Planning Victoria (FPV)

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Support services
Clinical services
Professional development
Social media
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
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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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Get the Facts - 'Laugh and Learn' videos

Videos
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
adolescence
body image
contraception
gender
intimate relationships
law
media literacy
online
pornography
protective behaviours
puberty
safer sex
sexting
sexualisation
STIs and BBVs

Check out the Get the Facts 'Laugh and Learn' series of videos on the Get the Facts website. Designed to make young people laugh while they learn about puberty, condoms, BBVs and keeping safe in sexual situations.

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Guide to sexual behaviours in children and young people (2015)

Guidelines
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
pornography
protective behaviours
sex education
sexualisation
special needs

A traffic light guide to identify, understand and respond to sexual behaviours

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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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Lessons learned from child sexual abuse research: prevalence, outcomes, and preventive strategies

Research and reports
Teacher
Parent
International
law
protective behaviours
research and reports
sexual abuse

This article aims to heighten awareness of mental health professional on the widespread social problem of child sexual abuse. The focus is on prevalence, mental health outcomes, and preventative strategies.

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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 talk about where babies come from

Books
Lower primary
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Teacher
Parent
International
adolescence
bodies
consent
families
intimate relationships
LGBTI
protective behaviours
puberty
reproduction
sex education
sexual diversity
STIs and BBVs

Non-fiction


Comics and cartoons outlining:  similarities and differences between girls and boys, growing up, reproductive organs, how babies are made, what sex is, what is love, same sex attraction, conception, pregnancy, different types of birth, genetics (e.g. hair colour), different kinds of families, keeping safe (consensual touch), HIV (but not other STI/BBVs). A book that parents/teachers can read to younger children, or older children can read themselves. 

Book review by Cath Hak 4min 36sec.


Age: 7 to 11 years.

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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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Michael's bubbles - a protective behaviours storybook about personal space

Books
Lower primary
Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
Sexuality education
Fiction
bodies
consent
families
parenting
protective behaviours

Topics: protective behaviours, personal space


Fiction


Michael loves to ride his bike, catch a ball and play in his cubby, but most of all Michael loves to blow bubbles…and have cuddles with his Mum and Dad! A story to explain about personal space and how to respond safely to different situations and different people using a personal space plan (kiss, cuddle and squeeze bubble, hug bubble, high five bubble, wave bubble, stranger bubble).


Age: 4 to 9 years.

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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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Not as simple as 'no means no': what young people need to know about consent

News articles
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
consent
intimate relationships
protective behaviours
sex education
sexual abuse

A news article from The Conversation written by Jacqui Hendriks from Curtin University.

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