How to Talk to Kids and Teens About Sexual Ethics
In an age where young people have easy access to information about sex through the internet, pop culture, and pornography, it's that much more important for them to develop the tools they need to navigate the images and narratives they may encounter, intentionally or unintentionally, online. Without parental input and conversations about ethics, decision making, and sex, these other sources become the de facto sex education for today's youth. In this popular series, parents and educators learn not only key tools and strategies for talking to kids about sexuality, sexual ethics, and consent, but also a new foundation from which to communicate.
Media & Porn Literacy
Whether it’s a matter of listening to music or surfing the internet, young people are spending a lot of time in the media landscape. This means they’re getting a lot of their ideas or “stories” about gender, power, sex, communication and intimacy from media and/or porn. In this signature workshop (which is my most popular!), students learn critical tools to examine the messages they’re getting about gender and sex.
This workshop is taught in an age-appropriate way to middle and high school students (from 5th grade to 12th grade).
Our time-tested Consent and Healthy Relationships Assembly is a theatrical performance of carefully curated stories based on high school students’ real accounts of sexual violence. The assembly fosters empathy and critical thinking by offering school audiences a variety of perspectives from students who have navigated consent—from victim to perpetrator to bystander. The assembly promotes a culture of inclusion by exploring various kinds of relationships and inspires students to embrace the values of affirmative consent and just relationships.
Crushes and Consent
In this series, students learn how to navigate crushes in ways that honor positive risk taking, consent, and self-empathy/empathy for others. Once students have an understanding of consent, they are given opportunities to practice consent—whether that’s reading verbal and nonverbal cues or expressing preferences and boundaries. In this interactive, fun, and vital workshop, students break down barriers between self and others and step into honest communication. *For older students, this class includes discussions that cultivate ethical considerations when it comes to consent. Topics include drinking and sexual behavior, sexting, and decision making.
Though many students don’t start dating in middle school—or even high school—they're already developing ideas about dating, relationships, gender, power, and the changing (and sometimes hurtful and bewildering) nature of friendships. They're also in the midst of developing ideas, belief systems, and practices when it comes to handling conflict, asserting/respecting boundaries, and navigating strong feelings. Using values clarification exercises, role-playing, and more, this three-part workshop supports students in actively building resilience and muscle memory so that they can communicate to others, navigate their friendships/relationships, and make decisions based on ethics and personal values.
CUSTOMIZED WORKSHOPS & TALKS
Natasha offers customized workshops, classes and presentations to meet your needs--whether you’re a school, group of parents, a class of kids/teens or an individual. These sessions can take place in a community center, a living room, a classroom, a school assembly, or on zoom. If you're a parent wanting to arrange a series of classes for your child and your child's peers on zoom, so that they can all get the sexual ethics education they need, please submit a request through the contact form! If you're a parent or the parent of a teen that would benefit from one-on-one consulting or education, please reach out!