We have compiled 10 useful teaching resources about managing relationships. These resources are dedicated to helping students form strategies to manage their relationships with others. Aimed at developing mindfulness, respect and awareness in their ability to relate and interact with each other. In particular, you’ll find resources that explore consent and communication inside of a sexual context, as well as resources that explore destructive relationships, resilience skills and self-worth.
When’s the Right Time?: The Practical Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships – A video and teaching resource from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, exploring relationships, sexual consent, equity and sexual and reproductive health. Funded by the Australian Government. How does a person know if and when they are ready for a sexual relationship? What’s important to them? What’s important in being with another person, and how do you know what they want?
Sex, Young People and the Law Website and Education Kit – This is an Australian legal education kit for educators to assist young people to understand their legal rights and responsibilities and make informed decisions about sex and relationships. The program covers the following topics age of consent, consent, cyberbullying and sexting.
Bullying: Reach Out Website – Bullying is a critical issue for Australian schools as it can lead to negative impacts for the person being bullied, bystanders, the person doing the bullying, and the school as a whole. Almost all young people are affected by bullying behaviour, either through experiencing it or engaging in it themselves, or through witnessing someone being bullied. This website includes important information like the definition of bullying, and offers classroom resources for teachers, students and families.
The Line Website – Things can get blurry real quick when it comes to sex, dating and relationships. This website talks about what’s ok and what’s not.
Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships Website – The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships learning materials have been designed for teachers in primary and secondary schools to develop students’ social, emotional and positive relationship skills. Efforts to promote social and emotional skills and positive gender norms in children and young people has been shown to improve health related outcomes and subjective wellbeing. It also reduces antisocial behaviours including engagement in gender-related violence. The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) learning materials cover eight topics of Social and Emotional Learning across all levels of primary and secondary education: Emotional Literacy; Personal Strengths; Positive Coping; Problem Solving; Stress Management; Help Seeking; Gender and Identity; and Positive Gender Relationships. This resource assists in the implementation of the Health and Physical Education curriculum. Respectful Relationships is now highlighted in the curriculum, and this resource (topics 7 and 8 in particular) assists schools in delivering on these new requirements. The resource can be delivered standalone, or in conjunction with other materials as part of a comprehensive health program.
7. This is a Healthy Romantic Relationship?: Video – Licensed therapist, Kati Morton, discusses healthy romantic relationships in response to this question that she received: “My parents divorced when I was 12 and they screamed and fought with each other for years. I think this has made me extremely fearful of becoming close to anyone because I am afraid that they will become angry with me eventually, and yell like my parents did. My question is how to know what a healthy romantic relationship is like if you have never been exposed to one before, ie parents divorced and always had tumultuous relationships with romantic partners. Also, how do you overcome the fear of ending up in a bad relationship besides avoiding them altogether?”
8. This is Gaslighting?: Video – Licensed therapist, Kati Morton, defines and discusses gaslighting, explaining that gaslighting is often used by sociopaths or narcissists for emotional manipulation. They will use them in different ways and for different reasons, but these are the people who manipulate the most.
10. Consent and the Law: Victoria Legal Aid Video – This is an adaptation from Trusted Moments, a short film produced by the Legal Services Commission of South Australia as part of an early intervention strategy for the prevention of sexual assault. Trusted Moments is designed to be used in schools and youth services as a tool for facilitating discussion and learning about the importance of consent and respect in relationships. The film should be viewed and used in conjunction with the Trusted Moments study guide. To download the study guide, and for information on how to access the full film, please visit www.trustedmoments.com.au.
These resources can be used to strengthen sexual education lesson plans and support students in building their understanding of managing relationships.
We have compiled 10 useful teaching resources about sexual identity and diversity. These resources are dedicated to developing student’s ability to celebrate and respect difference and diversity in individuals and communities, including personal, cultural, gender and sexual identities. Also, strategies to foster and maintain an inclusive environment that nurtures all students.
Topic Three – Freedom Fighters: The Practical Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships – A video and teaching resource from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, exploring relationships, sexual consent, equity and sexual and reproductive health. Funded by the Australian Government. How influenced are we by gender stereotypes and to what extent do our bodies shape our options? Take a trip to Mars to find out what is ok for a Martian girl to do, and what’s ok for a Martian boy. What happens when the Earthlings buck the system? This video finishes with sketches of genitals so please check it out before you show your students.
Rainbow Network Website – A website designed to empower teachers to provide more inclusive services for LGBTQ+ Victorians as well as provide a wide range of community services.
Develop and Deliver the Program: Family Planning Victoria – Activities designed for Sex Education classrooms that include the topics relationships, positive relationships, roles and responsibilities in sexual health, sexual and gender diversity, sexuality, gender and power, skills and strategies to prevent and resolve conflict and sex and the law, media and community attitudes.
Guide to Supporting a Student to Affirm or Transition Gender Identity at School – This guide is intended to help all schools to provide support for students who are taking steps to affirm a gender identity at school that is different from the sex that they were assigned at birth. This process is often referred to as gender transition or affirmation. This guide aims to help schools to develop active school processes that respond appropriately and positively to the student’s needs, address privacy and safety concerns, and acknowledge the specific support needs of other students and staff.
Be a Better Ally to Your LGBTI Friends – A classroom poster to accompany the Safe Schools Coalition Australia All Of Us unit. For information about your school joining the Safe Schools Coalition Australia to create a safe and more inclusive learning environment that respects gender diversity, download the membership form.
7. The Difficulties of Lesbian/Gay Dating: Video – A video about the difficulties of dating as a LGBTQ person. “I’ve never had a girlfriend”: Dating as a Gay, Lesbian, or Queer woman is full of problems our straight friends don’t have to think about.
8. Q&A Panel: Debate About Gender and Feminism: Video – Controversial author Jordan Peterson told media in the lead up to his appearance on the Q&A program he believed the ABC putting noted transgender activist and author Cate McGregor on the panel with him was a “set up”. The panel included author Van Badham, Special Minister of State Alex Hawke, and Shadow Minister for Employment Terri Butler.
10. Sex With Disabilities: Video – Laci Green and student disability activist Olivia delve into the world of disability and sexuality. We begin by talking about Olivia’s disabilities, ableist language, and stereotypes about people with disabilities (pwd). In the second section, Olivia’s successes and challenges with dating are discussed. In the third section, Laci and Olivia discuss various disabilities and how they are accommodated during sex with the help of things like medication, wedges, attendants, and even a wheelchair itself.
These resources can be used to strengthen sexual education lesson plans and support students in building their understanding of sexual identity and diversity.
We have compiled 10 useful teaching resources about sexual health. These resources are dedicated to puberty and how a student’s body changes overtime, as well as information and practices that promote sexual health including Sexual Health Checks and STI awareness, prevention and management.
Intro to Love, Sex and Relationships: The Practical Guide to Love, Sex, and Relationships – A teaching resource video and resources that were released in 2015, made by Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, at La Trobe University, exploring relationships, sexual consent, equity and sexual and reproductive health. Funded by the Australian Government. This is where you’ll find lesson plans, pre- and post-assessment tasks and videos (keep scrolling). Each lesson plan is saved as a single pdf, complete with handouts and slides.
Family Planning Victoria: Develop and Deliver the Program – This website contains activities designed for sex education classrooms. Topics include sexual health, safer sex and abstinence, contraception and prevention of STIs, reproductive health, accessing health care and sexual decision making.
How to Get a Sexual Health Check Website – This website provides information about regular sexual health checks from doctors or sexual health nurses. Find out what’s involved, and where you can get a sexual health check.
Clinical Labs: Sexual Health Testing Website – This website contains information on sexual health testing, as well as steps to booking a sexual health test. It outlines the importance of being regularly tested for STIs if you are sexually active as some of these infections can be ‘silent’ where there are no noticeable symptoms. Testing for STIs is free and confidential. Testing may be performed on a urine sample or swab to detect chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomonas or herpes, depending on the site of infection. Blood tests are available which detect antibodies to HIV and syphilis. HPV testing may be performed in women with abnormal PAP smears. Due to the wide spectrum of STIs, there is no one test to detect them all.
Get the Facts: STI Tests– This is a WA-based website that contains information on STI tests including, what it is, when someone should have a test, what happens during it, and logistics of appointments (e.g., medicare cards, etc.)
What Gets Checked in a Sexual Health Check-up?: Website – This is an ABC website that emphasis the need for regular STI check-ups to diagnose STIs in people who would otherwise be unaware of an infection. It includes some statistics and also answers to some frequently asked questions, including who is at risk and symptoms of an STI.
Sexual Health Website – This is a NSW-based website that that contains information on STI tests including, what it is, when someone should have a test, what happens during it, and logistics of appointments (e.g., visiting a doctor, cost, medicare cards, confidentiality. etc.)
These resources can be used to strengthen sexual education lesson plans and support students in building their understanding of sexual health.
We have compiled 12 useful teaching resources about reproductive health. These resources are dedicated to reproduction, fertility, pregnancy, the menstrual cycle, as well as contraceptive methods and information regarding abortions.
Fertility and Assisted Reproduction: Teaching Module for Primary and Secondary Schools – A free classroom resource and web portal that was developed by Family Planning Victoria for teaching fertility and assisted reproduction treatment in years 3-10. This comprehensive teaching resource and new online portal are designed to assist with teaching fertility and assisted reproductive treatment – topics that can be sensitive and complex.
Libra: School Resource Kit– Libra Girl is offering a free school resource kit to support the delivery of the program and the education of your student. Teachers and Educators in Australia and NZ may order one free kit, per school, per year. Kits will be delivered free of charge, simply fill in the form to order yours.
Better Health: Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health– Good sexual and reproductive health is important for women’s general health and wellbeing. It is central to their ability to make choices and decisions about their lives, including when, or whether, to consider having children. This website offers a range of articles and videos on numerous topics, including fertility, contraception, abortion, STIs, and more.
6. Meet the Contraceptives: Video – Trying to decide which birth control or safer sex method is right for you and your partner? Confused about all of the different options? Allow them to introduce themselves! This is a fun way to explain various forms of contraception to students, including the pill, the shot, IUD, the patch, and more.
8. Childbirth, Labour and Deliver: Nucleus Health Animated Video – In this medical animation, created by Nucleus Medical Media, a normal vaginal birth is depicted, specifically highlighting the three stages of labor. The stages include the shortening and dilation of the cervix, descent and birth of the infant, and birth of the placenta.
9. How Do Contraceptives Work?: Ted-Ed Video – Contraceptives are designed to prevent pregnancy in three basic ways: they either block sperm, disable sperm before they reach the uterus, or suppress ovulation. But is one strategy better than the other? And how does each one work? NWHunter describes the mechanics behind different kinds of contraceptives.
10. Female fertility animation – Animation of female fertility and menstrual cycle from release of egg to fertilisation or menstruation.
These resources can be used to strengthen sexual education lesson plans and support students in building their understanding of reproductive health.
We have compiled 10 useful teaching resources to help students’ to manage themselves online. These resources are dedicated to helping students develop critical awareness of themselves online, their relationships and interactions with others online, as well as broadly exploring the dangers/risks/impacts/innovations of the Internet, and specifically how the Internet impacts a student’s sexual health and identity.
New Challenges – Sexting and Porn: The Practical Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships – A video and teaching resource from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, exploring relationships, sexual consent, equity and sexual and reproductive health. Funded by the Australian Government. Sexting: Is sexting as bad as they say it is? How are young people using it and what do they need to know? Porn: How does porn measure up when it come to ethical sexual encounters? Helping students to critique porn through the lens of ‘Taking care of me, taking care of you, having an equal say and learning as we go’.
The Art of Safe Sexting: Rosie In The Classroom – The purpose of this lesson plan is to allow students to explore the content of the Rosie video The Art of Safe Sexting by refining their understanding of the legalities around sexting and devising a social media campaign to educate their peers about the issue.
Laugh and Learn: Get the Facts – Videos provided by the WA Government designed to engage students by making them laugh while they learn. Video topics include sexting, porn, sex and the media, puberty, and more.
YeS Project – YeS Project is presented by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner of Australia. It’s a digital and social health program encouraging young people to act as positive leaders and supportive friends in all their social spaces, especially online.
7. Introduction to Crash Course Navigating Digital Information: Video – A video about navigating digital information on the internet. “We love the internet! It’s a wealth of information where we can learn about just about anything, but it’s also kind of a pit of information that can be false or misleading. So, we’re partnering with Mediawise and the Stanford History Education Group to make this series on Navigating Digital Information. Let’s learn the facts about facts!”
8. How to Practice Safe Sexting: Ted Talk Video – Sexting, like anything that’s fun, runs its risks — but a serious violation of privacy shouldn’t be one of them. Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law and education, offering practical solutions for how individuals and tech companies can protect sensitive (and, ahem, potentially scandalous) digital files.
9. WTF is Porn: Video – UK YouTuber TomSka teams up with ChildWise, to deliver a video detailing “pretty much everythng you need to know about porn in 6 minutes!”
10. Mental Health In The Media: Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes? – Doctor Mike Video – A video about mental health in the media. “Mental health can be a tricky topic to cover in media let alone on YouTube. Lately, I’ve noticed a huge uptick in these stories and many if not all of them have great intentions. However, I have seen some questionable information floating around and it’s leading me to share this concern with you guys.”
These resources can be used to strengthen sexual education lesson plans and support students in building their understanding of managing themselves online.
We have compiled 10 sources of support for teachers and students, and listed them below:
National Relay Service – Contact the National Relay Service (NRS) if you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. Contact TIS if you need an interpreter.
Lifeline – Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. They are committed to empowering Australians to be suicide-safe through connection, compassion and hope. Their vision is for an Australia free of suicide.
Suicide Call Back Service – Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide. Get immediate help now by selecting one of our counselling services below.
Kids Helpline – Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
1800RESPECT – Confidential information, counselling and support service. Open 24 hours to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.
eSafety Commissioner – The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is committed to empowering all Australians to have safer, more positive experiences online. The Office was established in 2015 with a mandate to coordinate and lead the online safety efforts across government, industry and the not-for profit community.
QLife– QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.
Reach Out – ReachOut is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents. Our practical support, tools and tips help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times – and the information we offer parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers, too.
Headspace – Headspace is a national youth mental health service. Chat online or call them on 1800 650 890.
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