Puberty

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Barriers and prompts to parent-child sexual communication

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International
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intimate relationships
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puberty
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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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Boy puberty: How to talk about puberty and sex with your tween boy

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

Non-fiction


For parents/carers of 9 to 13 year olds to help them talk to their sons about puberty and sex. Tells you what topics to cover and gives ideas on how to start conversations.

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DivaCup - free menstrual cup education resources

Programs
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Australia
bodies
puberty
reproduction

Diva International Inc. provides free resources about the DivaCup to health professionals and educators. Menstrual cups are a sustainable menstrual care option. To access a free education pack, contact the Australian distributor - Barton Brands info@bartonbrands.com.au. The educator pack includes: 1 x Model 0 DivaCup (for under 18s); 1 x Model 1 DivaCup (for under 30s and those who have not had a child); 1 x Model 2 DivaCup (for over 30s and/or those who have had a child); 1 x educational brochure.

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Dr Yes

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Western Australia
adolescence
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consent
contraception
health education
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immunisation
intersex variations
intimate relationships
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LGBTI
puberty
reproduction
safer sex
sex education
sexual diversity
sexual health
STIs and BBVs

The Australian Medical Association of Western Australia (AMA WA) Dr Yes project sends specially trained volunteer medical students into high schools to have frank, open discussions on topics concerning youth health including sexual health. Enquiries can be made through dryes@amawa.com.au

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Everything you never wanted your kids to know about sex (but were afraid they’d ask): the secrets to surviving your child’s sexual development from birth to the teens

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adolescence
intimate relationships
parenting
puberty

Written by doctors, a guide to coping with a child’s sexual maturation.

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Family Planning NSW

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STIs and BBVs

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

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Family Planning Victoria (FPV)

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Australia
bodies
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families
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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

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

Books
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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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Girls & boys and puberty

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Western Australia
bodies
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puberty

A WA Department of Health booklet for both girls and boys addressing the changes that happen during puberty and how to look after yourself during this time. 'Girls and puberty' can be found on one side and then the booklet can be flipped over to read 'Boys and puberty'. Aimed at ages 10-13+.

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Girls like that and other plays for teenagers

Books
Lower secondary
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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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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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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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Let's talk about the birds and the bees

Books
Lower primary
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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
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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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Menstrual cycle

Videos
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Australia
bodies
multicultural
puberty
reproduction

(2 min 37 sec animated video) All you need to know about periods and the menstrual cycle explained in simple, clear images and language (Age 9+).

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One in five Australians forced to improvise on period products over costs

News articles
Upper primary
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Australia
bodies
puberty
reproduction

SBS News article on period poverty 3 August 2021.

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Planet Puberty

Videos
Websites
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Parent
Australia
adolescence
bodies
puberty
special needs

A digital resource suite by Family Planning NSW for parents and carers of children with intellectual disability and/or autism.

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Principles of gender-inclusive puberty and health education (2016)

Guidelines
Teacher
International
gender diversity
puberty
sex education

Providing perspectives and language to account for every student's unique journey through puberty to adulthood.

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Relationships, sex and other stuff

Free books/brochures
Books
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
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Teacher
Parent
Western Australia
bodies
consent
contraception
friendships
gender
gender diversity
intimate relationships
law
LGBTI
online
pornography
puberty
safer sex
sexting
sexual diversity

A WA Department of Health booklet for teenagers addressing friends and relationships, sex and pregnancy.

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