ARTICLES RELATING TO SEX EDUCATION

How the #MeToo movement will impact parenting in 2018

2018-05-23 17:14

It's now more important than ever to create a safe space at home where kids feel comfortable enough to ask and share the more difficult topics. Teaching them about boundaries, empathy and communication will go a long way towards their sex education.

Have you spoken to your tween about porn yet? Here's why and how

2018-05-18 14:31

Thanks to the wonders of technology it has never been easier for young children to see porn online – accidentally or otherwise. Here's how to have the other "talk" with them.

Are we allowing our children to be too "sexy"? Pastor's post goes viral

2018-04-13 13:11

Pastor Ab Isong posted on Facebook that we're dressing our children a little too "sexy" in "bum shorts", "halter necks" and make-up at too young an age. He suggests we're turning them into objects of others' sexual attention. Hmmm – what do you think?

Phenomenal period warriors!

2018-03-27 16:04

The end of the Period Series for tweens and teens celebrates menstruators who are changing the way we talk and think about periods.

INFOGRAPHIC: Is South Africa's youth practising safe sex?

2018-02-20 11:06

Sadly, mostly no. A recent study showed the startling statistics of South African youth's sexual trends and behaviours.

Bloody hell! That's not fair!

2018-02-12 16:24

Why should our girls still be too ashamed to admit when they're on their periods? Lesego gives a big old pep talk to our teens.

INFOGRAPHIC: Which menstruation product is the best for you?

2018-02-07 16:08

There's more to menstruation hygiene than just pads and tampons. See our list to find out which one could be the best for your daughter or for you.

‘My daughter is empowered by the knowledge’

2018-01-21 05:46

Living in a world where all kinds of information is readily available at the click of a button, Buhle Zandi* (39) believes in having open conversations about sexuality with her children.

INFOGRAPHIC: Shall we talk about... contraceptives?

2018-01-10 13:22

There are many ways for your teen to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancies and STIs. Make sure they have all the knowledge they'll need.

Dear tween me, let’s talk about your period, sweetie

2017-09-19 11:57

No one ever sat me down and had the period talk with me. Well, not until it was too late. Here are a few things I wish were discussed with me before I got my period, and a few relatable memes of exactly what it feels like when you "become a lady".

 

Why sexting must be on the curriculum

2018-05-21 12:38

As parents, and teachers, we need to do more to ensure our children receive the information they need to avoid digital dilemmas and risks.

Are we sexualising our young children? Readers respond

2018-04-18 14:49

From condemning Pastor Ab Isong's sentiments to agreeing that we need to protect our children by not dressing them inappropriately, our readers respond to dressing our children too "sexy".

The pill and your teen: We answer the most-Googled questions

2018-04-11 15:56

Should your teen be on the pill? South African experts weigh in on the internet's highest ranked FAQs on oral contraception, and how they relate to your teen.

First period celebrations and not-so-celebrations

2018-03-01 20:52

In some countries around the world, the whole family – even village – celebrates with the young woman. In other countries, we're too mortified to talk about periods. What is your family tradition?

Here's how to explain pregnancy and birth to your toddler

2018-02-12 22:12

Educating your little one about the birds and the bees in an age-appropriate way is a tricky task. We've compiled a few useful resources to help you teach your firstborn the basics of pregnancy and birth.

10 myths about periods that you may still believe

2018-02-08 11:47

We've all heard a weird myth or old wives tale about periods, but just how many are true? Don't worry, none of them.

Teenage pregnancy treated as criminal offence in Tanzania

2018-01-22 12:13

Schoolgirls who fall pregnant in Tanzania are barred from completing their education and even face possible arrest. A closer look at the country's soaring teen pregnancy stats reveals this may not be the best approach.

‘I wish my parents had taught me’

2018-01-21 05:46

It’s an awkward conversation that many parents dread to have when their children approach adolescence, but it’s one Thabisa* wishes her parents could have been more open about. It’s the sex talk.

It’s never too late to have the (sex) talk

2017-11-25 12:57

Have you had the talk with your teen yet?

A great way to teach our kids about consent

2017-08-14 20:07

Deanna Carson is an educator who runs Body Safety Australia which teaches children, from as early as their pre-school years, about consent.

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