Updated: Jun 2, 2020
The internet can be a messy place to learn about sex and relationships, and it can be a challenge to talk about these topics in the home, but if you're equipped with the right resources, things get a lot better!
Healthy Futures has rounded up our favorite sex ed resources online, as well as some of the best books you can get. Explore what feels right for you, your family, and your community. And teens, remember to check in with a trusted adult about what you read, watch, and learn.
Online Sex Ed Resources for Teens
Teen Talk - Power to Decide
Your friends are great and Google return thousands of answers to any question in seconds. But how can you know that any of those answers are accurate? What do you do when you need advice you know you can trust? Become your own champion because #TalkingIsPower.
Go Ask Alice - Columbia University
Alice is not one person, but a team. The Go Ask Alice! site is supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information and research specialists and writers. Our team members have advanced degrees in public health, health education, medicine, counseling, and a number of other relevant fields.
AMAZE leverages the expertise of master sexuality educators, the creativity of animation professionals, the input of young people, and the power of the internet to create and market educational materials
Scarleteen is an independent, feminist, grassroots sexuality and relationships education media and support organization and website. Founded in 1998, as of 2020, Scarleteen.com is visited by over five million diverse people each year, most between the ages of 15 and 30. It is often the most popular and most widely used site specifically providing sex and relationships information and support for young people worldwide.
5 Minutes of Intercourse - Dr. Don
Dr. Don is a San Antonio Alamo Colleges District professor providing 5-minute intros to all the topics you’re curious about.
Sex, Etc. - Rutgers University
Sex, Etc. is on a mission to improve teen sexual health across the country! Each year, five million young people visit Sexetc.org to get honest and accurate sexual health information.They’ve helped teens with answers to their question about sex, relationships, pregnancy, STIs, birth control, sexual orientation and more!
It's Your Sex Life - MTV
It's Your (Sex) Life is MTV's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning public information campaign to support young people in making responsible decisions about their sexual health. The campaign focuses on reducing unintended pregnancy, preventing the spread of STIs, including HIV/AIDS, and open communication with partners and healthcare providers.
Sex Ed for Self Advocates - Organization for Autism Research
This guide is a sexuality and sex education resource written specifically for people on the autism spectrum age 15 and up. People on the autism spectrum sometimes don’t have the chance to learn about sexuality and sex in ways that work for them, so OAR created this guide as a starting point to change that.
Sex Ed School - Every Body Curious
Watch actual sex ed classes in action! While the students in the classes appear to be in early middle school, Sex Ed School touches on several topics included in comprehensive sex education including consent, STIs, gender, and more.
Bedsider is an online birth control support network for people ages 18-29 operated by Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy. Power to Decide works to ensure that every young person has the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant—increasing their opportunity to pursue the future they want.
Nurx is a free telehealth app that provides free or low-cost at-home sexual health management healthcare. From preventive medication like birth control, PrEP, and PEP to home testing kits, they’ve got you covered.
Online access to birth control, users can sign up for a new prescription or transfer their current prescriptions. Delivery is a bonus!
Free condoms, free shipping for those over 18.
Helping people with financial assistance to remove the barriers that prevent them from getting their birth control. Everything from gas to the cost of birth control itself.
An overview of the state of all online birth control and STI testing resources - your one-stop resource.
Puberty, Bodies, and Reproduction
Sex Ed Rescue - a Books Listing for Parents
Sex Ed Rescue is a website that has been and continues to include many new children’s books on all things sex ed. The website curator lists books under key concepts like puberty, relationships, reproduction, and more to make it easy to find the perfect book for your family’s needs.
This book will provide you with the answers that will help you take care of yourself better, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to shaving, acne to voice changes, and everything in between. With tips, how-tos, and facts from a real pediatrician, it's the perfect book to help you learn about your body's changes.
You'll find answers to questions about your changing body, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bras, periods to pimples, and everything in between.
Providing accurate and up-to-date answers to nearly every imaginable question, from conception and puberty to birth control and HIV, this book offers young people the information they need — now more than ever — to make responsible decisions and stay healthy.
Support a small business and local San Antonio author by investing in this amazing workbook for young women and girls (but really - anyone could use the lessons!).
It’s So Amazing! provides the answers—with fun, accurate, comic-book-style artwork and a clear, lively text that reflects the interests of children age seven and up in how things work, while giving them a healthy understanding of their bodies.
Relationships and Abuse
loveisrespect’s purpose is to engage, educate, and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. Highly-trained advocates offer support, information, and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. We also provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers, and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat, and texting services are available 24/7/365.
Read our whole Resource Round-Up on this topic here!
Amaze Parent Playlist - Amaze
Keep Connected - Search Institute
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