October 26, 2012 – 7:00am
Lifestyle – Judy Murphy hears how adolescents are receiving ‘open and frank’ sex education
Siobhán O’Higgins is a woman anyone would be glad to have as a partner. Not only is she a trained sex researcher and educator, she is also a Cordon Bleu cook – and to top it all off, she has a great sense of humour.
Siobhán, who has a Ph D in sexual education from NUIG and who is Education Co-ordinator with AIDS Help West, is a regular visitor to schools in the city, county and further afield. She teaches teenagers about sexuality in a way that is open and frank and that allows for an occasional laugh – a vital part of sex education, she says.
“I go into schools and tell them, ‘you are going to laugh and going to giggle and feel embarrassed and it’s all OK’.”
Sex educator Siobhán O’Higgins: “You need to get kids to police themselves and they have to know why they don’t want to access that [pornographic] information,