How parents should talk to their children about sex

Parents and children need to be able to discuss sex—but often they avoid these conversations.

As part of our sex education research, we spoke to UK teenagers about why they don’t talk to their parents about sex. Visions of excruciating embarrassment topped the list. We also spoke to parents who didn’t know how or when to have these conversations, and teachers who reported severe difficulties engaging parents in the sex education of their children.

The good news is teenagers do actually want to speak to their parents about sex and there is evidence that doing so can have a positive impact on their sexual decision making.

The UK government has made relationships and sex education compulsory in secondary schools in England from September 2020, and government guidance recommends that schools engage parents in the process. Here are some tips that will help change these conversations from awkward to normal.


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One-Stop Digital Hub Strengthens Commitment to Educate and Empower Parents

Award-winning parenting production company unveils revamped website aimed at educating and empowering parents with trusted tips and advice from other parents.

One-Stop Digital Hub Strengthens Commitment to Educate and Empower Parents

Toronto, Canada, September 22, 2020 –(– tackles wide range of topics to help raise engaged, empathetic and resilient children. today unveiled a fresh new look and novel features as part of a revamped website aimed at bolstering its support of parents, with relevant and resonant news, views and advice from other moms and dads, during a time when raising a child is often in the hands of the digital village.

“Parents crave information and seek support now more than ever, against the backdrop of a frantically-paced, technologically-dependent and uncertain world,” says Lianne Castelino, a seasoned journalist and founder of “In my 20-plus years of being a mom and an entrepreneur in the parenting space, the range of issues parents encounter or must consider, continues to deepen

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Toronto school board teachers, parents struggle with online learning

Teacher and parents of students in the Toronto District School Board were left wondering Monday night what class on Tuesday would look like, and how they'd connect. (Getty)
Teacher and parents of students in the Toronto District School Board were left wondering Monday night what class on Tuesday would look like, and how they’d connect. (Getty)

Less than a day before the first day of virtual school is supposed to begin at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), teachers and families are concerned about the lack of communication, information, and guidance from the board.

Given the months to prepare for virtual school, parents and teachers are questioning the lack of preparation and whether virtual school is evening starting tomorrow.

Karen Jutzi, a TDSB teacher who requested half-day virtual teaching due to family considerations, received a Grade 2 home room for the first time ever in her twenty-year teaching career.

Jutzi is confused about the mix ups. She says she would be more confident teaching a French class considering she has more experience in that.

“It’s definitely been very

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The Full Suburban: Online school is an education for parents, too

Well, this past couple of weeks have certainly been an education. As expected, online school is a whole other ball of wax than the real deal. Unlike our crash course in the spring, teachers, parents and students are much better equipped to handle virtual learning this time around.

There’s a daily schedule, an actual grading system in place and opportunities for students to learn in real time with their teachers and classmates sitting right in front of them on a computer screen. But still – it’s just not the same.

Consider the essay my second-grader wrote during Language Arts one day last week: “I do not like online school as much as school school. It is just bad sitting in a chair for six hours, sooooo boring. Sometimes I wonder if I will live to see another day. Crazy huh. But that is how bad it is!!! Horibl.”

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despite lockdown difficulties, parents should persevere

Bilingualism can result in changes in the brains of children, potentially offering increased problem-solving skills. Pupils who are competent in two or more languages may have academic advantages over monolingual children.

In Wales, children have the opportunity to become bilingual by attending Welsh-medium primary and secondary schools, where the sole or main language of instruction is Welsh.

However, parents who do not speak Welsh but send their children to be educated in the language have reported finding home schooling challenging during the lockdown. Some may even be considering moving their children to English schools in order to be better able to support them at home – perhaps because of fears of future lockdowns or quarantines.

Nevertheless, where they can, parents should keep the faith. The benefits of a bilingual education are huge, and turning their backs on Welsh-medium education might be detrimental to increasing the number of young Welsh speakers.

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Remote learning during COVID-19 has many parents learning their own limits | Momaha

As school kicked off, though, Hammett-Caster was “terrified” of her ability to teach her daughter while keeping up with Zoom calls and other work duties.

“I’m worried about being responsible for my kids’ learning,” she said.

She might enroll her daughter in a facilitated learning and day-care center, where staff would oversee her daughter’s schoolwork. But that, too, has drawbacks.

“I worry about trusting her education with people who are not teachers,” Hammett-Caster said of the day-care center staff. “It’s analysis paralysis. There’s no 100% good option. I cried for a day because I just thought, ‘This is not good for her, or for me.'”

But she and her husband are great partners, who parent equally, walk every night, and occasionally connect with friends online to ease stress and worry.

Migee Han co-parents her 6-year-old son, Dylan with her former partner, and works full-time as the chief development and communications

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Parents up in arms as learning goes online

AMMAN — An unprecedented number of 51,000 students transferred from private to public schools this year, according to the Education Ministry’s Spokesperson Abul Ghafoor Alquran.

In remarks to Al Mamlaka TV, the spokesperson said the cause behind the transfers lies in families’ difficult financial conditions due to the coronavirus crisis, noting that acceptance of transfer applications will end on September 17 with no extension on the date.

“There will barely be students left in private schools because of their greed, they always want more,” Heba Okdeh commented on Facebook.

Rasha Khaled wrote: “People are misjudging private schools, teachers do their best with students, even online, recording videos, following up on homework and doing as much interaction with students as possible.”

For his part, Anwar Aj commented: “These transfers will cause school principals to deduct from teachers’ salaries now.”

Abeer Nasser wrote: “We need to transfer them all out of private

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Single parents face challenges with virtual learning

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