Resources for Parents, Healthcare Providers and Educators

Social Media and Screen Time:

Mental Health:



Sex and Relationships:

  • Dating Smarts: What EVERY Teen needs to Know to Date, Relate or Wait! by Amy Lang, MA
  • Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids’ “GoTo” Person About Sex by Deborah Roffman
  • – More info. Less weird.
  • For Goodness Sex; Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Health by Al Vernacchio
  • Birds + Bees + YOUR Kids – A Guide to Sharing Your Beliefs about Sexuality, Love, and Relationships: Everything YOU Need To Know Before Middle School! by Amy Lang, MA
  • DUTCH study: The Case for Starting Sex Ed in Kindergarten by Saskia De Melker video | article
  • What is Your Sexual Footprint? by Al Vernacchio at TEDx Youth@SanDiego2013
  • Sexuality Education by Al Vernacchio at TEDxWakeForestU
  • Sex needs a new metaphor. Here is one. by Al Vernacchio at TED2012
  • Elevatus TrainingWe Understand the Challenge of Addressing Sexuality with People Who Have Developmental Disabilities by Katherine McLaughlin
  • Consent: It’s Simple As Tea (clean version)
  • American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex On Campus by Lisa Wade
  • Sex+Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence by Kate Ott
  • American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus by Lisa Wade (about college but mirrors independent and public high schools)
  • Lessons In Love for Generation Snapchat by NPR’s Tovia Smith

Gender Identity

Gender Nonconforming and Transgender kids:

Cisgender boys and those who identify as male:

Cisgender girls and those who identify as female:

  • Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein
  • The Sexy Lie by Caroline Heldman – TEDxYouth@SanDiego
  • Dear Younger Me by Lauren Fleshman – Stanford Runner
  • Beauty Sickness by Renee Engeln – TED talk
  • American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales
  • Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives by Rachel Simmons
  • What young women believe about their own sexual pleasure by Peggy Orenstein – TEDWomen 2016
  • Miss Representation — 2011 Sundance Film Festival documentary. Follow this link to see the trailer

Websites for teens and parents

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