The 4th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students conducted by the ARCSHS, revealed that students considered school SRE as one of their top three sources of trusted information for sex, relationships and sexual health (Smith et al., 2009).
While parents play an important role in teaching their children about sexuality and relationships (Phillips, cited in The Mercury, 2010), ARCSHS (1999) suggests that parents aren't always knowledgeable or comfortable speaking about it to their children.
Ratings from respondents from State and Independent schools were above the national averages which saw school SRE as the fourth most trusted source of information, but the third most used (ARCSHS, 2009) while ratings of those from Catholic schools matched national averages.
There will always be new technologies, new social settings to respond to, but the central message about caring for yourself and caring for others remain the same", ARCSHS
Community Liaison and Education Unit Manager Jennifer Walsh said.