With the release of “Sex in Canada” last month, we all have the same fears and concerns about sexual health.
But what about the safety of sexual education?
The new book by Canadian professor Dr. Jennifer J. MacKinnon examines these and other concerns with the help of Canadian parents and health experts.
Mackinnon also provides a helpful guide to how to address concerns in the classroom, including the importance of ensuring safe spaces, healthy boundaries and sexual exploration.
“The book is not a comprehensive guide to sex education, but a thoughtful and accessible look at the different kinds of sex-related topics that are covered in schools, colleges, health-care facilities, clinics, and sexual health clinics across the country,” she said.
Macakinnon said the goal is to help parents understand the impact that sex-based topics have on children and to help them understand what to do when they see something that seems uncomfortable or inappropriate.
“It’s a great opportunity for parents to be proactive and to make their children feel comfortable about what they are seeing,” she added.
For example, when MacKinerns children were sexually assaulted, her team tried to work with them to learn about the trauma and the role that education and safety plays in their healing.
They also worked to build trust between parents and children, to help students and their teachers develop empathy and sensitivity, and to encourage them to seek help.
She added that a school-based approach to sexual education is a great way to address issues like consent, trauma, shame and abuse.
Mac Kinnon said it is important for parents and teachers to work together to create safe spaces that provide appropriate and appropriate space for all students, including those with learning disabilities.
“I think that sexual education plays a key role in understanding and supporting the learning process for all kids, but it’s also a great tool for parents, too, because it provides them with the tools to better understand and protect themselves and their children from sexual abuse and assault,” she explained.
In her book, MacKinen says sex-ed content should be geared toward children who are most vulnerable.
For this reason, she recommends parents work with their school staff to find ways to engage children in learning about and understanding their bodies and sexuality.
She also says that sexual content is not only helpful for students, but can help to increase their self-esteem and confidence.
“Children are learning and growing more about their sexuality.
That’s a powerful thing, especially when they are experiencing some of the trauma they’ve experienced in their lives,” she noted.
Mac Kerins book also explores the importance to parents of safe sex, and recommends a variety of safe-sex activities, such as using condoms, abstaining from sexual contact, avoiding sexual contact in certain situations and avoiding sharing intimate images and videos of intimate body parts.
“A safe sex education program can be a powerful tool in helping students learn to be more aware and open to new relationships,” MacKins authors said.
“By creating safe spaces for students to discuss and explore their sexual feelings and desires, safe sex programs can also be an important part of sexual health education.”
MacKinns book, which is available at schools, health centers and other educational institutions, also provides tips on how to make sure your children are comfortable with sexual exploration in the privacy of their own home.
For instance, the book suggests that children should be asked what they want before they begin exploring sexual activities.
This is especially important for teens, who are often reluctant to discuss their sexual experiences.
Mackelins book provides some helpful information about how to support a child’s ability to understand what they experience.
MacKay, who has two children, said that one of the biggest challenges she faced when teaching her own children to sex was not having the time to make the time for it.
“There are so many things that you can do to support your children in that area,” she told Global News.
“Teachers need to have the freedom to make those decisions, and parents need to be able to talk about it openly.”
She also suggests that parents have access to information about safe sex in the media, and that parents and partners can discuss their concerns about safe spaces in a safe space.
“Having a safe and comfortable space is a key piece of our parenting toolkit,” MacKay said.