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Sex and Relationships in the digital age

Navigating the complex world of relationships, sexuality and growing up in this fast paced online world was the focus of a forum held recently at the Q Theatre in Penrith. Aptly titled "Sexuality& Relationships in the Digital Age" the forum explored the good, the bad and the unknown of being young, developing a sense of self,  and having relationships in 2018 and beyond.

A panel of experts took to the stage for an enlightening and entertaining conversation guided by social commentator and journalist Jan Fran of SBS news program 'The Feed'. No area was off limits and the audience were invited to take the opportunity for some expert advice ... Let's face it, it's a scary topic for many parents, teachers, youth workers and for young people themselves.  

Expert panellists included: Professor Alan McKee - researcher and investigator of sexualised media;  Jenny Walsh - teacher, trainer and author of the very popular book Talk.soon.Talk often. A guide for parents talking to  kids about sex; Giverny Lewis - sexologist, counsellor and educator; Melissa Kang -Youth Health clinician and fondly remembered as the wisdom behind  "Dolly Doctor"; Jane Sanders - Principal Solicitor @ Shopfront Youth Legal Centre together with youth representatives Scarlett Franks  and Harry Wong.

The event was part of a larger partnership between Family Planning NSW and the Sexual Health Promotion Team of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, which has at its heart Jenny's guide for parents and carers. The project  called "Talk soon. Talk often. Talk NOW" is being conducted across Penrith, Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains and Lithgow LGA's, with the aim of supporting children and young people to grow into happy, confident and responsible young adults who are "sex aware, sex positive and sex responsible". 

The takeaway messages were many - but parents and carers should be reassured that children and young people are doing well, and that the best thing you can do is keep the communication channels open from a very young age, and show them that you are open to questions without judgement. 

For a FREE copy of the book Talk soon.Talk often go to our contact page OR you can read it online HERE  

 


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