How does a parent become knowledgeable and comfortable speaking to their child/ren about their sexuality, changing bodies, and healthy vs. unhealthy sexual behaviors? Where on the wide, wide internet are there resources for children and teens themselves who want to learn honest, accurate, and up-to-date information about their sexual health and development? The Parent 2 Parent project has assembled a variety of recommended books, fact sheets, websites, and videos for parents and caregivers, as well as children and teenagers, that can help. All books with purple highlighted titles can even be purchased through the NEARI Press online bookstore -- just click on them! We hope these resources help you and your family understand more about healthy sexual development and that they help you discern between potentially problematic sexual behaviors and healthy sexual behaviors.
Books For Adults About Children and Adolescents’ Sexual Health
Brown, Laurie Krasny. (2000). What’s the Big Secret? Talking About Sex with Girls and Boys.
Brown, Steve and Bill Taverner. (2017). Streetwise to Sexwise: Sexuality Education for High-Risk Youth.
Cavanagh Johnson, Toni. (2009). Helping Children with Sexual Behavior Problems: A Guidebook for Professionals and Caregivers.
Cavanagh Johnson, Toni. (2015). Understanding Children’s Sexual Behaviors: What’s .
Klein, Marty. (2016). His Porn, Her Pain: Confronting America’s Porn Panic with Honest Talk About Sex.
Lang, Amy. (2016). Birds and Bees and Your Kids: A Guide to Sharing Your Beliefs About Sexuality, Love and Relationships.
Ley, David. (2016). Ethical Porn for Dicks: A Man’s Guide to Responsible Viewing Pleasure.
Vernacchio, Al. 2014. For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Health.
Books For Youth About Sexual Health and Bodies
Corinna, Heather. (2016). S.E.X., 2nd Edition: The Need-to-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties.
Dunham, Kelli. (2015). The Boy’s Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for Growing Up YOU.
Harris, Robie H. (2014). It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health.
King, Kimberly. (2016). I Said No!: A kid-to-kid guide to keeping private parts private.
Natterson, Cara. (2012). The Care and Keeping of You 1: The Body Book for Younger Girls.
Natterson, Cara. (2013). The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls.
Spelman, Cornelia Maude. (1997). Your Body Belongs to You.
Sexuality Education: Hearts and Minds. TedX Talk with Al Vernacchio.
Websites on Healthy Sexuality
American Sexual Health Association (Adolescent-Friendly Sexual Health Website)
Go Ask Alice! (Adolescent-Friendly Sexual Health Website Based out of Columbia University)
It’s Your Sex Life (Adolescent-Friendly Sexual Health Website)
NCSBY: Talking About the Elephant in the Living Room (Newsletter for parents and caregivers concerned about their child/teen's behavior)
Planned Parenthood: Info for Teens (Adolescent-Friendly Sexual Health Website)
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse (downloadable in many languages)
Sexuality Resource Center for Parents (Tools for Teaching Children About Human Sexuality)
Talk With Your Kids (Tips for discussing difficult topics with your children)
Websites for Youth on Healthy Sexuality
Amaze (Videos and information for young people about sex, their bodies, and relationships.)
Break the Cycle (A website that motivates and supports young people to speak out about dating abuse in their schools and communities.)
Confi (Compilation of information on sensitive health topics, healthy relationships, how to communicate about sex, consent, setting boundaries, etc.)
Love is Respect (Support, information, and resources for young people who have questions or concerns about abuse in dating relationships. Includes quizzes and visual graphics about dating violence, healthy relationships, and consent. Also features abuse resources especially for LGBTQ students. Free and confidential phone, live chat, and texting services are available.)
Scarleteen (Includes “real world” information about sexuality and relationships for teens and emerging adults.)
The Representation Project (With the goal of eliminating stereotypes, this website features resources such as quizzes and activities about the ways in which mainstream media shapes their beliefs about women and girls. )
NEARI Press & Training Center Webinars on Healthy Sexuality
“Promoting Sex-Wise Parenting: Supporting Parents to Promote Sexual Health and Safety” with Janet Rosenzweig, MS, Ph.D., MPA. February 2, 2016.
“Understanding Children’s Sexual Behavior” with February 18, 2014.
All articles and fact sheets used in this project not explicitly branded as NEARI Press creations are the sole property of the author(s)/creator(s).