New to Netflix: Sex Education

With series like EliteBabyRainBig Mouth and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix has enticed teens into watching shows centered on teen prostitution rings, pornography, hookups, and more.

On January 11, Netflix’s new series Sex Education will release with teens in mind. The show centers on the life of Otis Milburn and his friends as they start a peer led sex clinic in their high school to educate their classmates and answer questions about sex. While Otis himself has never engaged in sexual activity, his mother is a sex therapist. Sex Education addresses masturbation, gender identity, sexual orientation and more.

Teenagers need to be hearing about the normal changes that their bodies will go through from their parents, not Netflix. Communicating God’s design for human development and sexual intimacy within the context of marriage needs to be expressed by parents. Likewise, the lies and misuse of God’s intended plan need to be discussed in the home.Not sure where to begin these conversations? Developing a relationship with your teenager that encourages open conversations and giving your child the opportunity to feel heard and understood is a step towards routine dialogue to discuss difficult topics. Even if your past reflects poor choices, you can still speak truth in the lives of your children and grandchildren. Consider the following tips from the book Abstinence 101:

  1. Treat sex education as a process. Educating children about sexual integrity is not a one-time lesson but an ongoing process.
  2. Be honest. Many young people are looking for honest answers about what to do on dates, how to interact with the opposite sex and how premarital sex can affect their future.
  3. Be a loving guide, not “just a friend.” Parents need to be a mature voice of wisdom in their children’s lives.

In addition to regular conversations and discussions, setting parental controls on Netflix can help filter negative content from your family’s streaming options.

Looking for an additional resource? Passport2Purity (P2P) was developed to assist you in building a relationship with your teen while laying a foundation of purity. Through the shared listening experience, object lessons and guided conversations of a P2P weekend getaway, you can set your son or daughter on a journey of moral integrity and strengthen the bond between you and your teen.