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The 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey (AHS) results are out!  

Conducted by the McCreary Centre Society every 5 years since 1992, over 168,000 students in Grades 7–12 have completed the AHS. In 2018, 58 of the 60 BC school districts participated and the survey was completed by 38,015 Grade 7-12 students. To see the full report on...

Talking Sex With Your Teen

Talking Sex With Your Teen

Some parents, not surprisingly, are afraid to address sex in a positive way with their teens for fear that if we make sex sound too good, every teen will be doing it ten times a week. Not true. Within the context of giving life-saving safety information, we need to emphasize at every opportunity that sex is a good thing.
Celebrating the “Super Unique” on Pink Shirt Day

Celebrating the “Super Unique” on Pink Shirt Day

I remember when I first started teaching 18 years ago, just mentioning the word “gay” in a grade 6 or 7 class would bring on swarms of laughter, snickering and barfing noises from students. But thanks in part to national awareness campaigns like Pink Shirt Day we’ve come a long way in the past decade when it comes to people understanding that homophobia isn’t OK.
TEENAGE GIRLS FIGHTING ON YOUTUBE: Reflections of a Discouraged Parent and Educator

TEENAGE GIRLS FIGHTING ON YOUTUBE: Reflections of a Discouraged Parent and Educator

On February 2, 2016 I was asked to be a guest on CTV Morning Live to discuss some videos that had just been uploaded to YouTube. The videos featured girls engaging in physical fighting on high school grounds during lunch. Their male peers filmed the fighting and egged them on as they did. The videos were quickly removed, but the damage had already been done. Thousands of people watched them and many, like me, were left feeling sad, angry and discouraged.
Consent is Sexy

Consent is Sexy

Parental consent for a fieldtrip. Informed consent to participate in a study. We throw the word consent around without thinking about it too much, but what about sexual consent? What is it and what do we need to teach our kids about it?

Judgment Call: Maturity, Emotions, and Teenage Brain

Did you know that your teenage child’s ability to make decisions has not fully developed until they reach 25 years of age? Their frontal cortex which is yet to form completely makes it difficult for them to make rational and disciplined decisions.
Guys want sex all the time! Or do they?

Guys want sex all the time! Or do they?

I recently came across a Canadian study that explored the characteristics of victims of sexual coercion. Sexual coercion is a broad category often used by contemporary researchers to refer to the spectrum of people (men, women and transgender folks) whose experiences range from being pressured in some way either implicitly or explicitly to engage in sexual contact to people that have experienced overt violence and sexual assault.
Parents and Teens Need to Get the ‘Net (adapted from Saleema’s segment on CTV Mornings Live, June 2013)

Parents and Teens Need to Get the ‘Net (adapted from Saleema’s segment on CTV Mornings Live, June 2013)

The majority of parents understand that the internet is a valuable, yet dangerous place for teenagers. But because cyberspace wasn't around when we were growing up (wow, our parents had it easy!) it's often difficult for parents to know how to navigate what their teens are doing online, how to monitor it, how much to monitor it, and how to help their teens generally to make smart decisions on the internet. The good news is that there are several basic things parents can do to keep their teens safe online.
Talking Pornography

Talking Pornography

The pervasive availability of online pornography might just be the scariest of all the relevant sexual health topics we need to be discussing with youth. When discussing porn with our youth comes up in my sessions with parents they often look both terrified and relieved to finally be talking about it.