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Secondary RSE for Parents/Carers

The Secondary RSE Program is an age-appropriate, evidence based relationships, sexuality and protective behaviours education program for secondary school students. 

The program addresses the learning outcomes of the Australian Curriculum (Health and Physical Education) and the Respectful Relationships Teaching and Learning Package developed by the Tasmanian Department of Education.

It is important to remember that our Secondary RSE program is evidence based, age appropriate, and linked to Education Department guidelines. In secondary school, the topics are broken into two age groups:

Grade 7/8

  • Sexual Health & Puberty
  • Body Image & Self Esteem
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Consent
  • Social Media & Sex
  • Pornography

Grade 9/10

  • Body Image & Self Esteem
  • Sexual Ethics
  • Negotiation
  • Contraception
  • STIs (Sexually transmitted infections)
  • Social Media & Sex
  • Pornography

Will the classroom teacher attend The Secondary RSE 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. This enables the teacher to show support for the students, and helps them to answer any questions that you may have about the program. This is usually your young person’s Health and Physical Education teacher, because that is the part of the curriculum this content falls under.

Can I meet with the educator delivering the program?

We have found that the demand for parent sessions for this age group is extremely low, and so we do not offer parent sessions under normal circumstances. If you feel that demand is high enough for your young person’s school, please contact them to request a parent session.

Otherwise we are very happy to answer your questions over the phone.

How can I support the program from home?

You play an important role in teaching your young person about bodies, keeping healthy, respectful relationships and staying safe. We will help by giving your young person the correct information at the right time. 

Your family and culture may have beliefs and values that you want to teach your young person. Our educators will encourage them to talk with you about what they have learned, however you may need to start the conversation for them. 

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 may be able to find it on our website. Alternatively you can always give us a call.

Why does my young person need to be taught about social media and sex?

It is important for young people to be reminded of cyber-safety so that they continue to practice safe online habits and understand the importance of speaking to a trusted adult if they ever feel uncomfortable or unsafe online. 

Unfortunately many young people are being exposed to pornography at a young age, and this exposure is influencing their perceptions of respectful relationships. A 2015 study has found that the median age of first viewing pornography in Australia is 13 years old for boys and 16 for girls (Lim, Agius, Carrotte, Vella & Hellard, 2017). This does not mean that the viewing 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 and who to talk to if help or advice is 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 to children and adolescents at developmentally inappropriate stages is harmful. 

In contrast, the information we provide is focussed upon increasing the safety and health of young people and is actually a protective factor against sexualisation. 

Providing accurate and age-appropriate information helps young people with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to make healthy choices which in turn may reduce their vulnerability to abuse.

RSE Factsheet

This information sheet made for parents helps to understand how you can support your young person through this time:

RSE Factsheet for Parents

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.

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