Secondary Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) – Parents/Carers
At request of schools, Family Planning Tasmania delivers a Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Essentials Program which runs for 2 hours. This program is age-appropriate, evidence-based, and delivered using inclusive language with the intention of being relevant for all students. The program is designed to complement the school’s own program, building upon student knowledge and experiences.
The CSE Essentials program covers the following topics:
- Respectful Relationships
Schools can request to book an additional 40-minute session focussed on contraception.
Content is delivered in an inclusive, non-judgemental way, where students are encouraged to explore their own/their family’s beliefs and values whilst building an understanding of and respect for diversity in individuals and the community.
Will the classroom teacher attend the Secondary CSE Program?
Yes, FPT requests that classroom teachers attend all sessions of the program with the students so that they are aware of what has been taught and are familiar with the wording that has been used.
It also enables the teacher to show support for students and helps them to answer any questions that you may have about the program.
Can I meet with the educator delivering the program?
We have found that the demand for parent sessions for this age group is low, however we are more than happy to arrange a session if requested by the school.
We are also very happy to answer any questions over the phone and you can contact us on (03) 61282036.
How can I support the program from home?
You play an important role in teaching your child about bodies, keeping healthy, respectful relationships and safety. We can also help by giving your child the correct information at the right time. Your family and culture may have beliefs and values that you want to talk to your child about.
Talking to your child/children may be challenging. You may need to start the conversation for them. It is important to keep lines of communication open. It is ok to take time to consider your response to a question rather than feeling you must answer straight away.
If you don’t know the answer, you could find the answer on our website, under the Advice & Information section or download our sexual health App, My Choice. Alternatively, you can always give us a call (03) 61282036.
Why does my young person need to be taught about social media and sex?
It is important that online safety remains an open, non-judgemental conversation between children and the trusted adults in their life. We believe this will build their ability to help keep themselves and others safe online and give them the understanding of how and when to seek help when needed.
Family Planning Tasmania receives requests for advice and help from schools where children as young as grade 1-2 have been exposed to online content or interactions that are not age appropriate. It is not uncommon for schools to cite sending and receiving nudes (naked or intimate images) as an issue for students in their classes, not only in high schools, but also in primary schools.
Unfortunately, many young people are being exposed to pornography at a young age, and this exposure is influencing their perceptions of respectful relationships. (Lim, Agius, Carrotte, Vella & Hellard, 2017).
This does not mean that the exposure was intentional, for many children the viewing of adult content is accidental (Flood, 2007). By educating young people about safe online practices, it is hoped that accidental viewing of content will reduce, and they will know how to respond to being exposed to pornography, and who to talk to for help or advice if ever needed.
I am concerned about the age at which young people are becoming sexualised. Why can’t we just let kids be kids?
We share your concern about the sexualisation of young people. Research demonstrates that imposing adult models of sexual behaviour and sexuality on children and adolescents at developmentally inappropriate stages is harmful.
In contrast, the information we provide is age-appropriate and focusses upon increasing the safety and health of young people which is a protective factor against sexualisation.
Providing accurate and age-appropriate information helps young people to build the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to make healthy choices which in turn may reduce their vulnerability to abuse.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us using the form below.
Parent & Carer Contact Form - CSE
Please complete this form if you have any questions or concerns to raise with our Education team around your young person's participation in the Comprehensive Sexuality Education program. One of our friendly educators will be in contact around your concern.
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