Making Caring Common's Richard Weissbourd advises teachers and parents to take a more active role in discussing mature relationships with teens as part of "good sex education." Read more in KQED's Mind/Shift.
"We do almost nothing to prepare [young people] for the tender, courageous, subtle, demanding, generous work of really learning how to love somebody else." Listen to Rick Weissbourd on WNYC's special series Beyond #MeToo.
"Tweens and teens who are socializing and navigating relationships online and in-real-life face challenges unheard of in previous generations. Some might mistakenly confuse the sending of explicit photos and messages with a level of intimacy that might not exist, and others might not fully understand the long-term social, emotional and legal consequences of sending, sharing and storing explicit photos (parents, check your local laws). According to the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common Project, teens may benefit from conversations focused on promoting the skills needed to develop and maintain healthy relationships." Read more inThe Washington Post.
"For parents, talking about sex is hard. But there’s abundant evidence that we are falling short on the basics, including consent in a digitally drenched world. More than 60% of kids in a nationally representative survey of more than 3,000 students by Harvard’s Making Caring Common project had never spoken with their parents about 'being sure your partner wants to have sex and is comfortable doing so before having sex,' and a similar share had never talked about the 'importance of not pressuring someone to have sex with you.'" Read more in Quartz.
"[Richard Weissbourd] said that parents and teachers, in talking about sexuality with young people, need to go well beyond platitudes like 'be respectful' to others, and in discussions of abstinence and safe sex. Instead, they need to engage young people in meaningful discussions." Read more in Harvard Gazette.
"There are a number of factors contributing to a rise in anxiety among teens. Local community trauma, poverty, and continual reports of violence from around the world can frighten young people. Social media rarely allows teens to take a break from their peers. And in many middle- and upper-middle class communities, according to psychologist Richard Weissbourd, today’s most 'potent ingredient' is 'achievement pressure' — the pressure to excel across academic subjects and a wide range of extracurriculars, culminating in the stress of putting together an impeccable college admissions package." Read more in KQED's MindShift.
"'The age of the kid matters a lot,' says Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard Graduate School of Education senior lecturer who has researched on children’s perceptions of misogyny and relationships. 'If a six or seven year old asks a question because they hear from the news or through a friend, it’s important to be prepared for that question.'" Read more in NBC News Parent Toolkit.