The changes in sexual attitudes, behaviors, and lifestyles that have taken place in our society present parents and children with some of the most complex issues they will ever confront.
The need for a comprehensive sex education program has never been greater. Today, more than ever, parents, schools and communities should seek ways to work in partnership to provide that education.
Experience tells us that most parents want to talk openly with their children about sexuality, yet often feel ill-prepared to do so. When to start? What to say? How to best express the family values you want so much to share with your children? These are but a few of the issues surrounding family communication about sexuality.
“Step-Up” consists of two parts: a comprehensive sex education curriculum for teens starting in 6th grade and a quarterly parent newsletter. Each newsletter will contain relevant, age-specific sexuality information, useful strategies, communication hints, and suggested resources to support parents in their efforts.
The “Step-Up” curriculum is meant to augment what the school is already teaching the children. The 4 sessions are each based on helping your child know their 4 rights:
- Right Support: Being able to find a trusted person you feel comfortable talking to about uncomfortable topics such as sex and relationships.
- Right Person: Am I able to choose a mature and trustworthy person to have a relationship with and do I portray a mature and trustworthy person in their eyes?
- Right Time: What are my values regarding sex and relationships? When is the right time for me to engage in intimate activity?
- Right Place: Am I at a place in my life where I can handle the consequences of my sexual behavior?
Parents have a unique role as the primary sexuality educator of their child.
In conjunction with Carbon County School District #1 and Public Health, we believe we can help reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
Family/Community based sexuality education can:
- allow for the sharing of family values
- provide accurate information to children
- build effective decision-making skills
- counteract negative and exploitative sexual messages in the media
Our commitment to children and families leads us to join in partnership with you in pursuit of these important goals. You are welcome to contact us if there is any further assistance we can provide at 328-2607.
Candice Frude RN, BSN, CLC, 2014