Resources for healthy conversations even in the midst of COVID-19.
Many judicatories are urging folks to avoid intimate and/or confidential conversations on most online platforms in order to protect vulnerable individuals and maintain healthy boundaries. In our rush toward community via technology, it can be easy to lose sight of potential hazards.
The Inter-Group Association of AA for New York, Inc. offers some best practices suggestions here. Judicatories are working to create guidelines and potentially additional platforms to ensure confidentiality, safe boundaries, and general best practices. We’ll post those as soon as we get them!
In the meantime – and perhaps for engagement well into the future, I give a shout-out to the UCC FourThursday Faith Formation Folks: we met to share ideas and concern and resources, and I was gifted with a ton of at-home supports for parents and kids of all ages, abilities and identities around the topic of sexuality and sexual and gender identity.
Amaze has youth-, parent-, and educator-based sites including short youtube videos on a slough of sexuality and gender topics, including for people with different abilities.
Sexuality for All Abilities, as the name suggests, offers resources geared toward talking with kids with different abilities on topics of dating, sexual activity, identity, marriage, and family.
Scarleteen‘s home page is all about coping with COVID-19 from the perspective of sexual and mental health for young people. They have free text, message board and live chat options for immediate help for kids suffering abuse (which is likely compounded in these stressful and isolating realities), or those feeling depressed, anxious or confused. And there are a number of links to additional resources for mental and sexual health questions.
Sex, etc. is for teens, by teens with topics ranging from talking about sex in an immigrant family to dating abuse; from abortion to pregnancy; from condoms and safer sex practices to how to talk with doctors or parents – among many others.