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Middle School: Consent

Teaching our kids that everyone has the right to say what happens to their own body is one of the most important lessons we can teach. Modeling both that we will ask their permission before touching and that we will respect their answer is a great first step. 

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Meet the 13-Year-Old Girls Changing the Sexual Consent Conversation

Most parents who ask their kids about their middle school projects probably get an earful on dioramas of the planetary system or poster boards on Charlemagne―but not Tessa Hill's or Lia Valente's parents. Instead, they learned about how their 13-year-old daughters were busy making a documentary about rape culture for an eighth grade assignment.

AMAZE.org: Consent

AMAZE is a collaboration between experts in the field of sex education—Advocates for Youth, Answer and Youth Tech Health—to create an engaging, age-appropriate, online sex education resource for 10-to 14-year-olds. Check out their YouTube channel by clicking here.

The Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Kids Consent, Ages 1-21

Consent is everything! Here are some helpful tips--a LOT of them-- for kids ages 1-21! Check it out...

5 Phrases That Can Help Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse

Over the last few years I have worked with an incredible sexual abuse prevention team. They provide training for schools, community centers, and governmental organizations, help families out of tragic situations, and provide counseling to victims. The work they do both turns your stomach to lead and lights a fire in your heart – it is unspeakable tragedy but there IS hope.

When Kristoff asks Anna for Consent in Frozen

“Every single time my toddler watches Frozen & we get to the scene where Kristoff wants to kiss Anna, I say the same thing. “Lilly look! He asked for consent! That’s so awesome!” And we cheer. Every. Time. I thought it was a concrete way to cultivate in our children a sense of control over their own bodies as well as combat rape culture...

Your Child Should Never Be Forced to Hug Anyone (Yes, Including a Relative) – Here Are 7 Reasons Why

What do you mean my child shouldn't be forced to hug anyone? Not even their own grandparents? James St. James explains in this insightful article why not forcing your child to hug anyone is important and helps encourage healthy boundaries at an early age.

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