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How pornography has replaced sex education

Green Left Weekly, Mia Sanders Saturday, October 21, 2017

A new report, entitled Don’t send me that pic, has reaffirmed what most women and girls already knew: sexual abuse and harassment are incessant, it starts young and it is on the rise.

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Should You Allow Your Teenager To Have Sex In Your Home?

HUFFPOST 28/08/2017

Matty Silver, Relationship Counsellor and Sex Therapist

“If you want your teenagers to be safe, don’t close your eyes or hope they won’t have sex — they just might!”

What would you do when your teenage daughter or son asks if they are allowed to have their boyfriend or girlfriend stay the night?  Read full article

This is a good article to suggest to parents.

New report shows teens want sex education that’s about more than the sex

UNISA Newsroom, University of South Australia, March 16 2016

Young people have spoken. In an era where information about sex and sexuality is pervasive on the internet, they say sexuality education classes at school need to be about much more than just sex.

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There’s No Point Teaching Abstinence In Sex Education When Kids Are Watching Porn

Huffpost 5/5/2017, Rowena Murray

Accurate sex education is a basic human right.

Mounting evidence suggests Australia’s school system is failing our young people when it comes to sexuality education.

Of course, in an ideal world, parents should be involved in these discussions. However, there are many reasons, including cultural or religious, that these discussions aren’t being had. Often, parents simply aren’t aware of the myriad issues young people face.

So, it’s up to schools to pick up the slack and provide young people with the information they need to stay safe and healthy, and protect themselves emotionally and physically.  Read full article.

A plus for this article is the included links to research.

Teachers need more training to deal with problematic sexual behaviour

The Sydney Morning Herald August 6 2017 Alexander Smith

Children as young as five are displaying worrying sexual behaviour at school, prompting concerns that teachers are ill-equipped to differentiate between whether students are victims of sexual abuse or are imitating what they see in music videos or internet advertising, new research reveals.  Read full article here.

Kiwi women share personal stories of their sex education

Stuff Laura Baker July 19 2017

OPINION: I vividly remember a tampon flying past my face, as the boys in my primary school class threw handfuls of them across the room like darts.

Earlier on in the health lesson our teacher handed out sanitary products to each student and encouraged us to familiarise ourselves with them.

I sat there awkwardly as I learnt two things that day: Firstly tampons are impressively aerodynamic. Secondly, sanitary pads have great stickability and will stay firmly stuck to a ceiling for a number of days.

An interesting article.  Read more here.

Young Australians’ use of pornography and associations with sexual risk behaviours

REPORT: Young Australians’ Use of Pornography, M. Lim

 Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 6/29/2017

Authors:  Megan S.C.Lim, Paul A.Agius, Elise R. Carrotte, Alyce M. Vella,

Margaret E. Hellard

Pornography use may be a public health concern. The rapid growth of the internet, smartphones and social media among young Australians means
that pornography use is common and the average age at first pornography exposure has declined in recent years. Reports from the early and mid-2000s showed that
rates of lifetime exposure to pornography were 73–93% for adolescent boys and 11–62% for adolescent girls in Australia. Qualitative research indicates that many young Australians believe pornography use is ubiquitous among their peers, despite laws prohibiting people under 18 years of age viewing pornography.

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Also interesting is the interview by

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Explainer: what are ‘creepshots’ and what can we do about them?

The Conversation, Dr Andrea Waling, 14/07/2017

The “creepshot” is the latest trend concerning the non-consensual image-sharing of women.

A creepshot – a photo taken discreetly of women in public by men – is provoking questions concerning rights to privacy in public, and ethical concerns about technology and bodily autonomy.

 

I think you will find this a very interesting read.  Full article here.

GHC worker strives to lift stigma of sexual diversity

Sault This Week Ali Pearson, July 11, 2017

She’s a healthy sexuality worker for the HIV/ AIDS Resource Program at the Group Health Centre.

The program reaches out to high-risk individuals, family and friends. Jolie delves into topics honestly and effectively.

This is an interesting read.  Find the full article here.

Where sex education fails queer students in Australia

Matthew Wade April 3, 2017 Star Observer

SEX education is accessible for many young people in Australia.

Whether it’s via a condom and a banana in the classroom, an uncomfortable but necessary conversation between a parent and their child, or posted as a photo series on Tumblr, young people are generally taught about reproductive and heteronormative sex as part of their adolescence.

However, for queer youth this education is often neglected, if present at all.

 

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