Healthy Development

Healthy Development

Sexual Health

The Healthy Sexuality Resource (PDF) continues to be produced by Health and Wellness, intended for distribution to all grade 7's in the province. This resource provides, comprehensive sexual health information to youth.

We also have a number of resources to help parents and guardians to talk to children and youth about sexuality issues and to provide youth with information about sexual health issues.

Sexual Health Links:

Links or strategies in related RC’s, DHA, or community-based:

Early Childhood (birth-4 yrs)

We are all sexual beings from the moment we are born until the moment we die. Sexual development is a normal aspect human development and children learn about sexuality from a very young age. Infants learn about touch and affection. Small children learn the names of body parts and what it means to be male or female. Parents and guardians are the first and most important sexuality educators for their children and have a key role in helping them to grow up to be sexually healthy and responsible people. Many parents, however, are uncertain about how to approach and discuss sexuality issues with their children. They often are concerned about what and how much information can and should be shared with children in this age group. There are resources that can help.

Links for parents:

For further information, contact you local Public Health Office.

Children 4-12

Young children are naturally curious about themselves and the world around them. They may start to ask questions about sexuality issues, including where babies come from. As they get older, children need to learn about the physical and emotional changes that they will experience as they go through puberty.

Children may receive sexual health information in school. Friends and the media will increasingly become an influence, although they are often not the best most reliable source of information.

The media is filled with images and messages about sexuality that can be confusing and misleading. Children need to be able to talk to trustworthy adults who can help answer their questions and sort out all the information they receive. Parents and guardians have a key role in providing children and youth with accurate information about sexuality. Parents and guardians also have the opportunity to pass on family values and attitudes about sexuality issues.

Links for parents:

Links for children/youth:

Youth 12+

Youth need reliable supports and resources to help them make informed decisions about sexuality issues.

The Department of Health and Wellness consulted with youth, experts in the field of sexual health, parents, teachers and others to develop the Sex? - A Healthy Sexuality Resource (PDF) to help youth make healthy choices about their sexual health. This resource is intended for distribution to Grade 7 students in the province.

Links for parents;

Links for children/youth: