Human Development & Sexual Health

The classroom is an important source of sexual health information for children and youth. 

Most girls enter puberty between the ages of 8 and 13 years, while most boys begin puberty between the ages of 9 and 14 years. Teaching accurate information about maturation and sexual health helps students to have a healthy understanding of their growth and development, to develop healthy sexual habits and to make responsible decisions.

The following resources can be used by teachers in the classroom or to support school initiatives. For questions, contact our Client and Community Support Call Centre at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006 (M-F, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or emailclientcommunitysupport@wdgpublichealth.ca.

Recommended Websites

Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights

Information about relationships, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for Grades 7 and 8. It also includes an ‘ask the expert’ feature.

Dove Self-esteem Project

Videos, lesson plans, activity sheets, workshops and more on body image and self-esteem for Grades 5-8.

Sexual Health Ontario

Information about relationships, STIs and birth control. Includes a live chat to answer questions. For Grades 9-12.

Sex and U

Lesson plans on puberty, contraception, STI prevention, relationships and sexual well-being. Includes a list of additional resources and a “Teaching Sexual Health Education Manual”. For Grades 4-8.

SIECCAN

The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) develops and disseminates comprehensive sexual health education resource for educators, health professionals, and the public; conducts research on sexual health; and publishes the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality (CJHS).

SHORE CENTRE (Sexual. Health. Options. Resources)

Shore Centre is a trusted source for accurate sexual health education and confidential pregnancy options.  

  • Sexual health workshops and programs are offered in the Guelph area.
  • Lesson plan support, classroom games and activities are available.

TASCC (Talking about Sexuality in Canadian Communities)

TASCC is a platform for online learning, a vehicle for knowledge transfer, and a sexual health resource that reflects best practice in sexual health education and promotion for parents, service providers and youth.  TASCC offers practical tools and strategies for high-risk youth and youth with disabilities.

Teaching Kits

Birth Control Teaching Kit 

Sign-out only available at the Terry James Resource Centre (UGDSB Teachers Only)