PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Parents: Do you know what's new when it comes to sex education in California's public schools?
I am working on a special report on sex education in the valley's public schools districts. I'll review materials being used, topics reviewed at various grade levels, and the options parents have when it comes to how their children participate in the instruction.
Are you a parent with a child in a local school district, who might be interested in providing on camera comments for this story? Do you have questions about what your child is being taught? Do you think children are being taught too much in the classroom? Do you think children need more information and training when it comes to sex? If you would like to participate in the story, please comment below, or email TomT@cbslocal2.com
Sex education in some valley schools currently includes topics such as:
- Information about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including transmission, FDA approved methods to prevent HIV and STIs, and treatments
- Information that abstinence is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV, and other STI's, and information about the value of delaying sexual activity
- Discussion about the social views of HIV and AIDS
- Information regarding the access of resources for sexual and reproductive health care
- Information relating to pregnancy, including FDA approved prevention methods, pregnancy outcomes, prenatal care, and the newborn safe surrender law
- Information concerning sexual orientation and gender, including the harm of negative gender stereotypes
- Information about healthy relationships and avoiding unhealthy behaviors and situations
Parents and caregivers might also be interested in reviewing the state-approved resource, "Sexual Health: An Adolescent Provider Toolkit" which includes guidance for instruction providers and handouts for students. The material includes illustrations and subject matter intended for teens and adults.