Sex-ed tools going online

By Robert Frank
www.thesuburban.com

Laval’s regional health authority (ASSS Laval) is promoting new tools that will help make teachers, parents and youth more knowledgeable about human sexuality and the danger of sexually transmitted diseases.

“We know that sexuality is a delicate topic, and the object of a great deal of curiosity, both for young people as well as their parents,” ASSS Laval interim director Dr. Éric Goyer said in a statement.

“Talking about sexuality also entails talking about self-acceptance, friendship and love, all within the context of family values,” he continued.

He noted that ASSS Laval co-authored all of the province’s online tools aimed at helping parents. The parental modules are among the more than 70 modules that Quebec’s Health Ministry has developed to help improve awareness.

Currently, all of the online tools that the province has developed are available in French only (ecoleensante.insp.qc.ca/mosaic.ca), save for a link to the French version of sexualityandu.ca – which is published by the Ottawa-based Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. However, English versions of some of the tools ought to be available soon.

“We are working on posting English versions of at least some of the tools during the next few weeks,” ASSS Laval spokeswoman Stéphanie Daigneault assured The Suburban.

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