RESOURCES

Any views, opinions or resources offered in the websites or literature listed below do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the TheTalk.  They are offered simply as further sources of information.  Parents are advised to view the kid and teen referenced websites for suitability for their individual child.

For Parents

Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media offer advice and resources for healthy media and technology consumption, Parents can use the organization’s media reviews tool to look up movies, apps, TV shows, books and games and view a content breakdown of specific elements like violence, language, substance abuse, role models and sex.

Answer
Answer is a national organization established by the New Jersey Network for Family Life Education to offer sex ed resources to parents, teens, and advocacy groups.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
The site offers advice for how to talk to young people about sex and sexuality, how to parent teens who may be sexually active, and even how to answer questions from LGBT children and teens.

The Guttmacher Institute
For parents who are curious about trends, and want the latest data on issues like contraceptives, puberty and sexual initiation, the Guttmacher Institute offers a scholarly approach on research, education, and police

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
The National Campaign’s goal is to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy, especially among single, young adults. The site offers resources to parents and runs several spin off websites like StayTeen.org and Bedsider.org that target young people at different ages and stages in their sexuality.

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
SIECUS educates and advocates for better sex ed in the United States.

Sexual Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
For the most frank and up to date information about sexual health, check out the CDC’s resources on all topics from sexual violence prevention to healthy pregnancies.

For Kids

KidsHealth
The site focuses on children’s health, providing health resources for parents, kids and teens. The kids’ site has information about topics like puberty as well as explainers on how all parts of the body work, from the brain to the kidney.

It’s My Life
It’s My Life provides kid-friendly information on everything from dating to puberty to eating disorders and money.

For Teens

Bedsider
Bedsider is an online birth control support network for women 18-29. The site talks to teens like a best friend, and prides itself on being unbiased.

Answer
Answer’s Sex, Etc. magazine and website offer teens advice about gender and talking to parents about sex, plus forums where Answer’s experts answer questions.

Stay Teen
The goal of Stay Teen is to encourage young people to enjoy their teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with a too-early pregnancy. It provides resources and advice for how to say no to situations young people are not ready for.

Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood has easy to use chat and text sex education programs that allow young people to chat with a Planned Parenthood staffer about everything from STD to morning-after pill question. The organization also has an Awkward or Not app that takes young people through an online quiz that gives them the chance to send their parents a text to start a conversation about dating and sex.

Go Ask Alice!
Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer site where users can get answers to their questions from how to use a condom properly to urinary problems.

I Wanna Know
Run by the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA), I Wanna Know offers sexual health information for teens and young adults. There’s in-depth information on topics like STDs, relationships and myths.

Center for Young Women’s Health
Young women looking for easy-to-access accurate and extensive information about all sexual and gynecological health topics can find it at the Center for Young Women’s Health

Young Men’s Health
The site provides well-researched health information to teen boys and young men. There’s sexual health information as well as explainers on other health issues.

Advocates for Youth
Advocated for Youth is an organization meant to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. The organization also offers support to young people who want to bring better sex education to their schools.

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