Talking to Your Kids About Pornography

It is not a matter of if your child will see pornography, it is a matter of when. We know that viewing pornography can have long-term impacts on children. In this workshop we will discuss why kids go to porn, what websites they are most likely to access, what happens in the brain when they view pornography, potential for addiction, etc. A hands on activity that you can share with your child/teen will be provided as well as educational videos you can share with them at home.
This workshop is for any parent twith a child who is accessing on-line apps, games, you-tube, snap-chat, etc.

$25 payment accepted via PAY PAL, etransfer to powerupworkshops@gmail.com, cash, cheque or VISA (Square payment)

Only 20 spots available.

Have a look at my teaser video.

Did You Know?

Did you know that our newsletter is one year old this month?! We thought we’d celebrate by sharing some of the things that Power Up Workshops offers the community.
We offer K-12 classroom sexual health education, including the new B.C. K-9 Physical and Health Education curriculum. We can provide teacher and educational assistant professional development throughout British Columbia. We also offer in-home sessions for parents (you choose the topic, the date and invite some friends!) and private client sessions. And, the learning never stops with summer programming for ages 3-10.

New Grade 4-7 BC Physical and Health Education Curriculum

The B.C. Ministry of Education has implemented new curricula for grades 4-7 Physical and Health Education.
In Grade 4 students are expected to know:

  • communicable/non-communicable illnesses
  • strategies/skills to use in potentially hazardous/unsafe/abusive situations; includes common lures/tricks used by potential abusers
  • strategies to respond to bullying, discrimination
  • self-identity, body image, social media
  • changes during puberty; sexuality, sexual identity

In Grade 5 students are expected to know:

  • Grade 4 outcomes +
  • practices that promote health and well-being
  • sources of health information, support services
  • strategies to protect from potential abuse
  • physical/emotional/social changes during puberty; sexuality, sexual identity

In Grade 6 students are expected to know:

  • Grade 4/5 outcomes +
  • practices to reduce STIs
  • consequences of bullying, discrimination
  • influences on identity, including sexual identity and gender

In Grade 7 students are expected to know:

  • Grade 4/5/6 outcomes +
  • influences of physical/emotional/social changes on identity and relationships

Please watch my Body Smart video where I explain the outcomes in more detail.

For more detailed information please consult the Ministry website.

New K-3 Physical and Health Education Curriculum

The B.C. Ministry of Education has implemented new curricula for K-3 Physical and Health Education.
In K-1 students are expected to know:

  • names for body parts, including male and female private parts
  • appropriate and inappropriate touch
  • hazards/unsafe situations
  • caring behaviours
  • emotions
  • reliable sources of information

In Grade 2 students are expected to know:

  • K/1 content +
  • strategies for accessing health information
  • strategies/skills to use in hazardous/unsafe situations
  • managing/expressing emotions
  • self-identity

In Grade 3 students are expected to know:

  • K/1/2 content +
  • nature/consequences of bullying
  • relationship between worry and fear

For more detailed information please consult the Ministry website.

Play Dates and Safety

One of the many ways that our children engage with the world is through play dates with other children. Safety begins with some simple rules:
-play with clothes on
-no touching of private parts
-no photos of private parts
-you are allowed privacy when bathing, dressing, using the toilet
-you have permission to say ‘no’
-we don’t keep secrets; if someone tells you to keep a secret tell an adult.

Here are some questions that you can ask your child to engage in a “safety conversation”*
after a play date or party:
-Did you enjoy yourself?
-How did you spend your time?
-What was your favourite part of the play date/party?
-What was the least favourite part?
-Did you feel safe?
-Was there anything else you wanted to share?

This kind of debrief enables your child to share the good things about the play date, and may help them to tell you if something unwanted did happen. 

*adapted from Body Smart: Right from the Start, by Kerri Isham (2016)