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Grinding to a Halt: Middle School Sex Ed Poster Sparks Outrage

"This has nothing to do with abstinence or sexual reproduction," parent Mark Ellis (above) told his local Fox affiliate. "I would like to see that this particular portion of the curriculum is removed from the school.”

A 13-year-old student recently took a picture of a poster hanging at her school that listed ways in which couples can express affection, including grinding and oral sex. Some parents are outraged, and the sex ed curriculum is now under review. But should it be?

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Despite Dangers of Cervical Cancer, Many Parents Still Don’t Vaccinate Their Kids Against HPV

Doctor giving vaccination into arm

When it comes to HPV, somehow many parents still have it backwards—in reality, the HPV vaccine is safe, but cervical cancer is both dangerous and all too common.

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Parents and Teens are Talking About Sex. They’re Just Not Having the Same Conversation

A new study released by Planned Parenthood Federation of America found that parents and teens are talking about sex, but when asked about the frequency and content of these conversations, they have very different answers.

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Sexual Health Roundup: Parents Still Have Heads in the Sand on Teen Sex

A new book examines parents attitudes about their own teens sexual behavior; the New York Times looks at the life of Mary Fisher, an HIV-positive mother of two who spoke passionately at the RNC convention in 1992; and scientists look at a new immune deficiency syndrome that is not contagious.

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Talking with Your Kids About Sexual Abuse: Questions the Sandusky Trial Prompted Me to Ask

From the Sandusky trial to new revelations about the Catholic Church to the stories about Horace Mann in the 1970s, it seems like sexual abuse is always in the news. These topics are particularly tricky to discuss with kids—how do we keep them safe without making them scared? I turn to two experts for advice.

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Utah Lawmaker Proposes Sex Ed for Parents (For All the Wrong Reasons)

Utah State Senator Stuart Reid (R-Ogden) is proposing legislation that would offer sexuality education to parents and then allow parents to choose whether their children receive similar education in school.  Before you start applauding know that his ultimate goal is to see more young people “opted out” of sexuality education in Utah schools.    

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New Resource in Australia Promotes Parent-Child Communication About Sexuality

The Western Australian Department of Health released a new book designed to help parents send healthy messages about sexuality to their children, and there doesn’t seem to be any controversy.

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