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Frequently Asked Questions: Youth


You've got questions? We've got answers. Here are a few common questions teens often have about sex ed and sexual health.

  • Do you have any online programs for parents?
    We offer regular online Parent Information Sessions delivered via live webinars. The Parent Information Sessions provide an overview of the Education Code requirements and information about Puberty Talk, Teen Talk Middle School, or Teen Talk High School. Parents must pre-register and provide the name of their student’s school district and/or school. We are in the process of developing online interactive workshops for parents and families. For more information about our family engagement opportunities and information sessions, please email parents(at)
  • How can I preview the curriculum if my district office isn't open?
    Review Only copies of the daily slides are available to preview upon request. Please visit Distance Learning Preview for more information and to request access.
  • Will I have access to the lesson plan so I can support my child's learning?
    The platform your student will use to access the course will have a list of lesson topics. The Parent Guide associated with your student’s course provides a summary of the content and the rationale for each lesson. The Parent Guide also includes suggested questions for each topic to help you engage with your child and provide a context to talk about your family’s values as they relate to the content.
  • What if I want to opt my child out of some or all of the lessons? How do I do that?
    Once you receive the notification letter from your school/district regarding upcoming Health Connected instruction, please email the contact person noted in the letter to notify them of your student’s withdrawal from the selected lessons per CA Education Code Section 51938 (b)(4); 51939(a). As with our in-person courses, it is important to know that the course content is scaffolded such that the content for each session builds on and reinforces content from previous sessions.
  • Will providing instruction on this subject encourage my child to continue looking online for even more information once the lesson is over?
    Young people are curious about bodies, relationships, and sexual health—regardless of formalized instruction. Formal instruction legitimizes curiosity and channels it through intentional, factual curriculum design. Our hope is that the natural curiosity of young people will be satisfied by the live instruction, the live Q&A, the Follow-Up Activities, and the encouragement to ask questions of their trusted adults. The intentional engagement with trusted adults provided in the lessons is an effort to help families share their values regarding the content, and further online investigation can be a part of the conversation. It is appropriate that parents and trusted adults caution young people about online exploration, as curiosity about sexual health is almost universal among young people.
  • Can parents and their child complete the course together?
    While Health Connected highly values parent engagement, students are encouraged to work independently during the live instruction portion of each lesson, as they would during typical classroom instruction. The sensitive nature of the content may cause embarrassment if done with a parent, which could potentially compromise the student’s learning experience. Parents are encouraged to view videos in the Follow-Up Activities section. The Trusted Adult Questions of the Day are also an opportunity to engage with your student about lesson content, however students are encouraged to ask a trusted adult of their choice to do this activity.
  • How can I help my child have a comfortable learning experience online?
    Some students may feel comfortable sharing information openly about what they are learning during Puberty Talk or Teen Talk, while others may prefer to keep the experience more private. Also, younger siblings and other family members in the home may not have the context to learn about this material at this time. We want to create a safe, comfortable virtual learning environment for students who are participating in the lessons. We suggest that students use headphones and angle their device screen so they are the only one seeing and hearing the materials, just as they would in a classroom. They may also want to move to a more private space within the home while attending these sessions, such as a corner of the room, or even building a fort out of blankets!
  • How can I best encourage discussion between myself and my child during and after the course?
    There are invitations to involve trusted adults whenever there is video content included in the Follow-Up Activity, and of course, there is the Trusted Adult Question of the Day that your student may ask you. Please let your student know of your willingness to be involved in these aspects of programming, and show some enthusiasm for the opportunity (but don’t go overboard, as young people can be suspicious of eagerness). Let the young person lead the conversation if they are able, and ask gentle, open-ended questions if they are struggling (please see the Parent Guide associated with your child’s curriculum for suggested questions). After the course, refer back to the topics so that you can use them as a springboard into broader context or depth. Topics like anatomy, consent, personal safety, and values are taught in all Health Connected courses, and references abound in TV and movies and can be discussed with more confidence knowing that students have a foundation of knowledge and language to use respectfully and more competently.
  • Will the classroom teacher or an administrator be involved in the instruction?
    Your student’s classroom teacher, science teacher, or assigned staff member will be a “panelist” in the live webinar. They will be able to see the names of students participating, and will have access to the live chat options.
  • What if my child has limited access to a device?
    Many school districts are making devices available to families who do not have access to them. Please contact your school district to see if you may apply.
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