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Why Plain Talk in Sex Education is Best for Children

<a href="/articles/why-plain-talk-in-sex-education-is-best-for-children">Why Plain Talk in Sex Education is Best for Children</a>

Opinion: In the fields of gender, sexuality, and sexual health research, it's a no-brainer that sex education should start early, and that sex should be discussed often - both in schools and at home. But instead we talk about storks, cabbage patches, and the birds and the bees. In fact, we have a million and one ways to avoid teaching or talking about sex and sexuality. Read full article

Teens on Facebook - Where Does Supervision Stop and Privacy Start?

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2012/04/18/teens-on-facebook-where-does-supervision-stop-and-privacy-start">Teens on Facebook - Where Does Supervision Stop and Privacy Start?</a>

‘Shutting the gate after the horse has bolted’ parenting - I don’t know about you, but I’m often guilty of it. I’d been meaning to put an Internet filter on my 11 year old son, Joe’s computer for ages. Joe is on the autism spectrum and approaching puberty so I knew it was only a matter of time before he became curious about sex. "I must do it," I probably said half a dozen times, "but tomorrow." ... As parents we are charged with protecting our kids from danger, but when they become teenagers it can be difficult to know which line to tread. Teenagers expect, and indeed are entitled to, some independence. Read full article

A Stiff Conversation with My Boys

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2011/08/05/a-stiff-conversation-with-my-boys">A Stiff Conversation with My Boys</a>

"No darling, stiffies aren't a type of dog." Wednesday is much like any other day around our house, except that Mr 8 has soccer training. So picture me, if you will, perched on the lounge with Mr 8 trying to squeeze his feet into the always-too-tight soccer socks, shove his shin pads in, boots on and get to the ground by 5pm. Then picture me 10 seconds later when Mr 8 asked, "Mummy, do you know what a stiffy is?" Read full article