Teaching Kids About Sex

When it comes to learning about sex, children learn from a number of different sources including parents, peers, schools, the internet, media, and religious institutions. However, parents are a child’s most important role model.

Talking to your child frequently about sexuality throughout their childhood can improve their feelings of self-worth and can also increase the likelihood that they will feel comfortable coming to you with questions or advice later on in life. Children who feel that they can talk with their parents openly and honestly about sex are also less likely to engage in high risk behaviour as teens, than kids who do not feel they can talk with their parents about the subject.

Learn more about talking to your child about sex by clicking on one of the links in the Resources section below.

 

Resources

Government of Ontario: Quick Facts for Parents (PDF) - Parent quick facts regarding sexting and youth.

Talking to Your Kids About Sexting (PDF) –information on talking to your children about sexting.

Sex and U - Information about puberty, talking about sex with your child, sexuality transmitted infections (STIs) and contraception.

Need Help Now - This site includes step by step information for both youth and parents on how to remove a sexual picture. Also includes “Talking Tips” for parents.

Peel Public Health: Healthy Sexuality - Peel Public Health’s support and resources for parents to talk to their children about sex and sexuality.

 

For Further Information

Call the Sexual Health Clinic: (807) 625-5900

or toll-free: 1-888-294-6630

Last Updated: 23/05/2017