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Summer is here!

SUMMER IS HERE!
June 16th, 2014

VoilaeteIt’s finally summer! Warm nights, relaxation, family vacations… And an opportune time to talk to our teens about sex.

As we know, since the 2005 Quebec education reforms, sex education is no longer taught formally in schools, and must now be integrated with the regular curriculum. There are a few good resources, such as the ACCM Teacher’s Toolkit, which help teachers to deal with the subject, but not everyone is comfortable addressing the topics of puberty, interpersonal relationships, sexual orientation, or sexually transmissible and blood-borne infections (STBBI)…

All this at a time when sex education is more important than ever, with cases of STBBI on the rise among 15-24 year olds in Quebec.

As parents, we sometimes feel at a loss when the moment comes to broach these subjects with our teens. Fortunately there are tools to help, like the “Parents’ guide for discussing sexuality with their teen” *. No need to become an expert – all you need is communication and trust on your side!

Have a great summer!

* Published by the ministère de la Santé et des Service sociaux: msss.gouv.qc.ca

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