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Sex Ed

A guide to teaching about online sexually explicit media: The basics

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Grade levels: All Grade Levels

Content areas: Health Education

Type of resource: Professional Development

This guide was written to support educators, especially American educators, as they decide whether or not to teach about sexually explicit media (SEM)i in their classrooms. It will also provide guidance as to how to teach this topic. First, we provide research to offer an overview of youth access to SEM, and how that access is related to youth wellbeing. So much written about youth exposure to SEM is portrayed in a biased, fear-based manner; our aim is to present the research objectively so that you can draw your own conclusions. Second, we provide some recommendations for how to implement a lesson that addresses SEM. Finally, we provide some resources, including some lesson materials, to help you get started. It is not the aim of this guide to label SEM as “good” or “bad,” but rather provide you with research and tools so that you can begin informed discussions with young people about what they may be exposed to in the media. This guide can also be used to help explain to parents, school administrators, or other stakeholders why it might be important to address this topic in your community. While we believe it is important to listen to the needs and preferences of your community, we believe that teaching youth to critically analyze SEM supports engagement in respectful, and healthy relationships.

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