10th-graders’ homework is to create sex ed materials for each other
“A lot of the topics we cover are about the relationships we have with other people, not only romantic relationships, but also friendships,” Catarina explains. “I thought it’d be really good for them to create resources, so it becomes more peer-to-peer rather than me explaining everything. Because then it’s more about them and not about me. Sex and relationships change when you become an adult, so it just seems like it would work better if you have people who have the same age and maturity talking about it with each other. That’s relatable, whereas it might not be so relatable when it comes from me.”
How did it go?
“It went really well. The students were super engaged. It’s definitely a topic they want to talk about; they recognize the importance of it. We did it through remote learning and actually that went really well because the students felt they could address difficult or potentially awkward topics from a very safe and shielded environment and were not exposed. They listened to these podcasts individually at home so they could react however they felt they needed to and nobody could see that. It was very much their own experience. And then, afterwards, they’d have these conversations with the peers. I got really good feedback, which is lovely.”
What Camila and Petra have to say about healthy and unhealthy relationships
“Doing more research helped us better understand what is healthy and what is not. Because sometimes you don’t know if you are in an unhealthy relationship or not. You’re just so in love with that person, but it might be doing you more harm than good. It was a very good learning experience for us, I think.” Read the full interview with Camila and Petra here.
So, what was Wil thinking when he created infographics on different birth control methods?
“My group chose contraception and to explain it through infographics. We had a list of what is considered to be the ten most widely used methods. Contraception is very objective, so to create infographics could be simple and very educational because it is important knowledge to have as a person.” Read the full interview with Wil here.
What did Franka and Katja learn from their research on pregnancy?
“It’s quite shocking how at the beginning it’s really small and then it grows quite quickly, actually,” Katja thinks. “Yes,” Franka agrees, “the most interesting part for me was how the baby evolved, like the different stages, how it grew, what organs developed first. But also the changes your body goes through. It’s kind of terrifying, actually.” Read the full interview here.
Find out what Ella and Iona discovered about abusive relationships
“Even for younger age groups like our age group abuse is very, very common. Being as young as we are we don’t have that much experience. We chose this topic because obviously, it’s a very serious thing and unfortunately relevant thing, in today’s society with social media as well.” Read the full story here.
Hear what Liam and Rowan have to say about online behavior and pornography
“I think the ease of access there is a big part in why many children are … not emotionally, like, … scarred, but they’ve seen stuff that they’re not supposed to see and that could affect them later.” Listen to the full podcast below.