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Let's just talk about birth control: facilitating conversations about safe sex

High school sexual education should be more than just a basic biology lesson. High school sexual education has the potential to educate students about practical safe sex practices and a safe, open space for discussion. This collection is a plethora of sources from ancient contraception methods to how to put on a condom. This collection is a great place to start for an educator who is new to teaching sexual education or wants a starting place to learn about contraception.
A Collection By Ashley McGrath
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Let's just talk about birth control: facilitating conversations about safe sex
  • grist.org
    grist.org

    A Seattle high school is taking birth control access to the next level

    5 minute read
    Ashley McGrath says:
    We can change the conversation, the stigma, and the awkwardness of talking about sex. Again, an article I would most likely use in a college setting to talk about access and how to frame conversations. I do find it helpful to share with high school educators to think about before teaching their class.
  • grist.org
    grist.org

    Surprise - teens are having sex. How can we make it safer?

    5 minute read
    Ashley McGrath says:
    The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world. This article also mentions an issue not discussed often in high schools: the issue of access. This is another article that I might share in high school but particularly like to use in college settings. We talk about how to educate our students, but do they really have access to these methods?
  • dailycollegian.com
    dailycollegian.com

    High school-provided contraception is beneficial

    5 minute read
    Ashley McGrath says:
    The title says it all. High schools should teach safe sex methods to benefit their students.
  • Ashley McGrath says:
    My students love this video. Although the class will most likely be laughing through the whole thing, it is important to show the students where they can find this video. Many students will go home and re-watch the video in private so they can better practice and learn how to properly use a condom.
  • Ashley McGrath says:
    Let's discuss what happens if you have unsafe sex. I think sexual education often focuses on how to prepare for safe sex but tends to leave out what happens after (besides pregnancy). I believe we should equip our students to know what to do after unsafe sex and to change the conversation from shaming to educating.
  • Ashley McGrath says:
    This is a good place for an educator to learn more about contraception facts for both students and educators. Sometimes I'll head over to this page to refresh my memory before getting to talk about serious sex topics. It's also a great site to visit before "having the talk" with your children or nieces and nephews.
  • sciencedaily.com
    sciencedaily.com

    New type of male contraceptive? Key gene essential for sperm development discovered

    5 minute read
    Ashley McGrath says:
    This is a great article to end a class with. Our society has pressured women to prevent preganancies, but new developments target men. This can also be a great discussion opener for male vs. female roles in sexual relationships (although this conversation is usually geared towards older kids or college aged students). I use this study in college-level discussions in my biology-based courses. However, I have discussed this article in high school settings (especially in AP Biology) to give student
  • listverse.com
    listverse.com

    10 Ancient Methods of Birth Control - Listverse

    15 minute read
    Ashley McGrath says:
    I would not recommend any of these uses, but they are a good starting point when talking to a group of students. These ancient methods are not only a conversation starter for young adults, but they can often break the ice before getting to the meat of the issue. I personally start all my classes with this list and the students always have questions about the ancient methods. It opens up an open discussion for my classroom and we love it.
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