Sex Education: For Educators
Sex education isn’t spoken about nearly enough. As an educator, you may face the brunt of the situation – unwilling parents may leave the onus of educating their children on to you, and embarrassed teens will most certainly look for a way to undermine your efforts.
Talking about difficult topics.
Conversations about puberty and sex should be open and respectful. You may find that treating your students as young adults is beneficial to both parties. Acknowledge their concerns and fears, and provide them with facts and resources.
Handling disruptive students tactfully is important. More often than not, the student is more embarrassed and ashamed than you. Try not to call out students by name, but instead let the class know that you understand this might be embarrassing for some of them. Be available to talk outside of the classroom on any doubts or concerns they might have.
Have a ready reference of resources that students can use for their own research. These should be trustworthy and reliable websites. Acknowledge that not all topics can be covered in class, and encourage them to learn more on their own.
Unfortunately, not all students will be well equipped to deal with puberty. Being prepared means bridging the gap between what they know and need. Having a supply of sanitary napkins for any emergencies, and lending a ear when needed could go a long way.
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