The Big Problem
Why Sexual Health Matters
First, let’s define what we mean by sexual health. At Power Up Education, we believe “sexual health” includes the social, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of sexuality and relationships.
Curiosity is king, and we know that young people have a strong interest and natural inclination to develop their understanding and seek information about sex and sexual health. We believe that we should choose to feed and foster this curiosity in an intentional way to balance and address what children may experience through their online access and social interactions.
Today, schools continue to be the main source of sexual health information for children and adolescents. In fact, over 85% of Canadian parents, and 92% of high school youth, agree that sexual health education should be provided in schools - and we totally agree.
That said, this doesn’t take the importance of parents out of the picture. Only 63% of Canadian teenagers say that parents are a major source of information regarding sexual health. Yet, when parents, teachers, mentors and caregivers talk openly and honestly about sexuality, children and teenagers have the comfort, knowledge and support they need to achieve healthy sexual lives, free of abuse and exploitation.
This is our vision at Power Up Education: to create a world where sexual health education is as natural and habitual as brushing your teeth and combing your hair. We are here to positively impact families and educators, leaving each and every one of you feeling knowledgeable, empowered, and inspired.
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