TURNING on the SEX EDUCATOR: HOW TV & TikTok ADDRESSES SEX ED GAPS for MARGINALIZED YOUTH #226
Facilitator: RENE ROSS
February 14 - March 6, 2022
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: The relationship between sexual violence prevention and good, comprehensive sexual health education is undeniable. This workshop will explore the ways in which entertainment, from television to the trending Tik Toks of today, respond to often neglected areas of sexual health education.
This workshop will explore:
- The value of sex ed as ‘entertainment’ and the hits and misses of entertainment television and social media as a healthy sex educator.
- The value of television shows like Sex Education, Degrassi Junior High, and the afterschool special, and the crossover from television to social media.
- The ways in which entertainment is filling the sexual health education gap for marginalized youth, specifically rural youth.
- The steps that television shows have taken to ensure quality sexual health education through the years & ways in which social media guidelines are limiting access today.
- Tips and tricks for making your sexual health education efforts accessible and entertaining through social media, and potential for service delivery and outreach.
TURNING on the SEX EDUCATOR: HOW TV & TikTok ADDRESSES SEX ED GAPS for MARGINALI
Rene Ross is a certified sexual health educator and the Executive Director at the Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County in northern Nova Scotia. For more than 15 years, Rene has worked to advance the fundamental human rights of marginalized populations including sex workers, street involved youth, youth who exchange sex for survival and sexually exploited youth. Rene delivers a range of sexual health programs and services to her community, including the delivery of an inclusive sexual health education classroom program to thousands of youth each year. Rene’s social media videos to educate and break stigma on sexual health topics have received more than 2 million views over the past year. Rene holds a degree in Political Science from Acadia University, a post graduate certificate in sexual health from The University of Alberta.