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New Book from Planned Parenthood Teaches Sex Ed for Kids

When only 13 states in America require that sex education in school is medically accurate, something just doesn’t add up. 

Sexually educated kids make for sexually responsible adults, and it’s already been proven that teaching kids about safe sex doesn’t make them more promiscuous; If anything, all it does is decrease their risk of accidental pregnancies and help them develop healthy attitudes about their sexual selves and relationships.

Unfortunately. society is chock full of confusing and misleading information about sex, making it more important than ever to make sure our kids are armed with the knowledge they need to navigate it. If we can’t fully trust the schools to do that, then the duty falls to the us, the parents. 

But how do we even know where to start? 

Well, the best way is to ask for help from the experts. 

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has already been doing their part to spread good information with their program In Case You’re Curious (ICYC), a free text line that has allowed kids to anonymously ask questions and receive answers about sex, health, and their bodies. Over the years the service has engaged in over 79,000 unique conversations, with kids reaching out to understand things that they should be – but are clearly not – being taught by anyone else. These questions have been carefully picked and compiled into a book of the same name, giving us some rare insight into what our kids are secretly curious about and are begging to be taught about! 

Edited by PPRM’s Vice President of Education and Innovation Alison Macklin and written by her coworkers, Education Program Manager Molly Alderton, Manager of Texting Initiatives Daniela Fellman, Sex Educator Meghan Hilton, and Regional Director of Education Julie LaBarr, In Case You’re Curious: Questions about Sex from Young People with Answers from the Experts is perfect for parents to connect and break the ice with their teens to jump start an ongoing conversation about sexuality, healthy relationships, and self care. Accompanied by the fun and original illustrations of Meghan Hilton, the experts at Planned Parenthood provide answers to some of the most common and interesting questions from young people today, including:

  • Can you die from masturbating too much?
  • Is twelve too young to know I’m bi?
  • Can you get an STI from a toilet seat?
  • How do I tell my partner “no”?
  • And much more!


Planned Parenthood has been synonymous with sexual healthcare for over 100 years. With 1 in 5 people visiting a local health center at least once in their lifetime, Planned Parenthood has become THE trusted experts nationally. Regionally, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) has been serving the communities of Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada and Wyoming to further the Planned Parenthood mission from the beginning. With Alison Macklin’s leadership the PPRM’s education team, the Responsible Sex Education Institute (RSEI), has been nationally recognized for their skills and expertise. Editor, Alison Macklin is the VP of Education and Innovation for PPRM, through her work with the head of ICYC, Daniela Fellman, ICYC has become a valuable resource for young people across the country. Authors Molly Alderton, Daniela Fellman, Meghan Hilton and Julie LaBarr have a combined total of over 50 years of experience working in direct education. These experts come from diverse backgrounds and experiences and share a passion for providing sex education that is inclusive and developmentally appropriate.  

Molly Alderton (Contributor) has been serving the Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming community for over six years as education program manager with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ (PPRM) Responsible Sex Education Institute. In this role she manages and implements sexual health education programs to a variety of populations in many different settings. Molly came to PPRM with her bachelor’s degree in social work from Colorado State University and extensive experience working with local non-profits focused on HIV prevention and sexual violence prevention.  In addition to her work with PPRM, Molly is a strong advocate in her community serving on the City of Fort Collins’ Women’s Commission.

Meghan Hilton (Contributor) started as a health center assistant with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in April 2017 before moving to the Responsible Sex Education Institute to be a full-time sex educator later that year. With her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan, Meghan is an avid artist and feminist. Meghan is often found in and out of the classroom talking about healthy relationships, sexually transmitted infections, and birth control options or answering questions for In Case You’re Curious.

Daniela Fellman (Contributor) has been with the Responsible Sex Education Institute for over ten years. As the manager of texting initiatives she is responsible for the In Case You’re Curious (ICYC) text line which includes Instagram, marketing, and training staff to answer questions. In addition to all things ICYC, Daniela continues to teach sex education. As a mother of two young boys, Daniela understands how challenging talking about sexual health can be. But thanks to programs like ICYC, parents can find the support they need to help their youth(s)!

Julie LaBarr (Contributor) is the regional director of education at the Responsible Sex Education Institute and has worked with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains for over seventeen years. Julie is a certified trainer in multiple curriculum and a huge advocate for sex education for people with disabilities. Julie has experience in teaching comprehensive sex education, researching evidence-based curriculum and marketing programs, and training adults to educate youth about making healthy choices about sex and sexuality. Julie’s favorite part of her work is educating and learning from her participants, and of course answering all their interesting questions. 

Alison Macklin (Editor) has been with the Responsible Sex Education Institute at the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) for over fourteen years. She is Vice President of Education and Innovation and is responsible for the leadership of PPRM’s Education work across its four-states. Alison is an award-winning, nationally recognized leader in the field of comprehensive sex education, holds a master’s in social work from the University of Denver, and is the author of Making Sense of “It”

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