SEX EDUCATION: Planned Parenthood Provides New Video Resource
A new poll conducted by the Field Institute for the California Center for Health Improvement found that 85% of California parents would like further sex education information from health care providers on how to talk to their children about pregnancy prevention and sexual development. To respond to parents' needs and foster sexuality discussions with children, Planned Parenthood of California recently released an in-home video kit entitled Talking About Sex: A Guide for Families. "The need to assist California parents with 'the talk' about sex and responsibility is very clear in this new poll," said Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California CEO Katherine Kneer. "A lot of what kids hear about sex from the streets is plain wrong. Parents want to be sure they learn the facts, which means they need to continue the conversation over time," she said. The kit's "centerpiece" is a 30-minute animated video targeting children ages 10-14 that provides an age-appropriate resource for discussing human development and sexuality. Through techniques such as role play, the video shows families how to initiate discussions on topics such as puberty, relationships, pregnancy, abstinence and contraception. The kit also includes a comprehensive resource guide for parents and an activity workbook for children. The program has been endorsed by the National Education Association, the YWCA, the American Social Health Association and the National Council of Churches of Christ. To preview excerpts from the video, go to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Website (release, 5/28).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.