The Department of Health, in partnership with an Aboriginal Advisory Group, has made Yarning Quiet Ways for all Aboriginal mums, dads and carers who want to help their kids have strong, safe and healthy relationships. A survey of young Western Australian Aboriginal people found that around half had sex before they were 16 years old. Research states that kids whose parents yarn (talk) with them about sex and relationships often have sex at an older age and make safer choices than kids who are left to find out for themselves.
The primary target audience for the Yarning Quiet Ways resource is parents and carers of young Aboriginal people. It would also be suitable for other family members and people working with young Aboriginal people to provide guidance of how to discuss relationships, puberty and sexual health.
The quotes in this resource come from real Aboriginal parents and carers.
- A survey of young Western Australian Aboriginal people found that around half had sex before they were 16 years old. This shows how important it is to start yarning with your kids early to make sure that they know how to make good and safe choices
- Yarning about sex and relationships doesn’t mean giving just one big talk before high school, sometimes that will be too late. It's best to teach kids lots of little lessons as they grow up.
- Keep teaching your kids that they are the boss of their bodies, and should say ‘no’ to touching they don’t want or feel is not okay. If a child has let you know that he or she is being sexually abused, it is very important to protect the child from further harm.