Parents given new tool to help their kids.
Canberra, Australia (PRWEB) May 21, 2012
A new online resource for parents called Things Are Changing is giving parents a unique new tool for talking about puberty with their own kids and addressing concerns of increasing government involvement in parenting.
Few topics can create a more daunting challenge for parents than the first conversations about puberty and sexual development. In recent decades a complex relationship has developed between the education sector, government and parents as sexual and personal development for young people becomes an increasingly topical social issue.
The rapid growth of Internet use for young people has created important opportunities for young people but also some significant challenges for parents and increasingly for schools. The recent British Parliamentary Enquiry into Online Child Protection stated that four of every five sixteen-year-olds in the United Kingdom accesses online pornography regularly. Schools also struggle with the increasing impact of social networking platforms and their effects upon adolescent peer relationships and individual self-esteem.
The new Things Are Changing puberty resource aims to involve parents at the beginning of their child's sexual maturation process. This is based in the belief that the development of strong communication between parents and their children early in this important journey can have a significant impact upon longer term outcomes. These can include impacts upon relationship skills and emotional and sexual health.
The resource consists of a series of online videos in a special private members area for each parent and child. Parents are encouraged to watch the videos on their own to develop knowledge of the content and program aims before watching the videos with their child.
Consistent research suggests that parents are the best gauge of their childs readiness for exposure to concepts related to sexuality formation. One challenge with one-size-fits-all sexuality education which has increasingly become the norm in a significant number of public schooling systems is that it fails to take into account the diverse range of pyscho-sexual development of each child in any given schooling situation.
Choicez Media founder and co-developer of the Things Are Changing Resource, Jonathan Doyle states, “We have been seeing a kind of ‘mission-creep’ over recent decades where due to some parent disengagement the state has often appropriated rights that some would say do not properly belong to it. The fact that some parents may not be able to provide the full level of formation that their child means does not mean that all parents are failing and it also does not mean that the state should necessarily step into the void. Another response may simply be that parents need better resources and more encouragement and support.”