Sexual health is about body awareness, overall health and well-being, making good and consensual decisions, and having respect for yourself and others. Most children enter puberty between the ages of 8 and 14 years. Teaching about human development and sexual health helps students to have a healthy understanding of their growth and development, healthy relationships, sexual health and more.
The following resources can be used by teachers in the classroom or to support school initiatives. For questions, contact Client and Community Support at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fourth R - Strategies for Youth Healthy Relationships is a comprehensive school-based program to promote healthy youth relationships by building the capacity of students, teachers, parents and the community in reducing violence and risk behaviours. For Grades 7-12.
SHORE Centre: Sexual Health.Options.Resources.Education provides online and in-person sexual health education workshops designed to address a variety of sexual health topics that are customizable to classroom grade and size. Presentations align with the Ontario Curriculum for Health and Physical Education. For Grades 4-12.
Always Changing is a puberty education and healthy, active living program for students. For Grades 5-8.
Dove Self-esteem Project provides lesson plans, activity sheets, workshop resources and videos on body image and self-esteem. For Grades 5-8.
Sex and U provides accurate, credible, and up-to-date information and education on topics related to sexual and reproductive health.
Sexual Health Ontario provides information about Information about healthy relationships, sexual health, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), birth control, and more. Includes a live chat to answer questions.
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. Education.) provides resources for educators of all grade levels to help teach about the human body, healthy relationships, consent, respecting diversity and more. Classroom games, activities and videos are available to support lesson plans.
Teaching Kits and Resources
Public health can provide condoms (boxes of 1000), wall-mounted or table top dispensers and posters. To order, call Client and Community Support at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006.
See images below for photos of the condom dispensers and posters available for schools and a Birth Control Teaching Kit that can be signed out at the Terry James Resource Centre (UGDSB Teachers Only).