Talking about sex

Dr Melissa King and Rachel Friend discuss how to talk to your child about sex.

At a glance

  • Parents should start to talk to their children about sexuality and sex in general when their child gives them cues, such as asking questions or experiencing new life stages.
  • Discuss sexuality and sex with children on an ongoing basis – information needs change as children grow up.
  • While it is natural to feel embarrassed, parents should take the lead and try to keep communication open with their child.
  • Safe sex is sex that is wanted, desired, consensual, mutual and protected from unwanted consequences, both physical and emotional.
  • If you're worried about your child's sexual behaviour, the best place to start is by talking to your child.

Talking to your child about sex (audio)

Listen to Dr Melissa Kang, a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney and a specialist in adolescent health, chat with Rachel Friend on how to talk about sex with your child.

Transcript of 'Talking to your child about sex' audio

Views expressed in interviews may not be the views of the NSW Department of Education.

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