Teen parents [Video]

Jackelyn Rodriguez and Guadalupe Herrera talk about the joys and difficulties of being parents while still being students

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness month

February is recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!
About 1-in-10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically, sexually, emotionally or verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year.
Many organizations use this month to raise awareness about teen dating violence and to also highlight prevention efforts.

7 things sex educators wish you’d teach your kids sooner rather than later

Even if your kids are lucky enough to be in a school district that offers a relatively comprehensive program (count your blessings; some states focus solely on abstinence-only lessons or offer no sex ed at all), you’re still responsible for educating them, too. With that in mind, we recently asked sex educators to share the big conversations they wish parents would have with their kids sooner rather than later.

Comprehensive approach reduces local teen pregnancy rates

In 2006, six local organizations began working together to develop a teen pregnancy reduction strategy, which led to the creation of the collaboration. Groups such as the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Variety Care, Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City-County Health Department, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy and Teen emPower! were some of the founding organizations.

Teach teens communication skills, not abstinence, in sex education classes

Holland’s communication-based sex education is more effective in lowering birth, abortion and STI rates than America’s just-say-no approach. There is no federal mandate for sex education in the United States, but the U.S. government spends millions of dollars per year subsidizing sex education programs nationwide. Under the Trump administration, these federally-funded programs are increasingly rooted in an abstinence-only framework. […]

Some schools are rethinking sex ed with lessons on consent [VIDEO]

The changing culture around sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement has some states and school districts rethinking their sex ed curriculum to include healthy relationships, preventing violence and ensuring consent. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week visits a Washington, D.C., school that is committed to comprehensive sexuality education. Watch full video.