Health education is a required academic subject that teaches students how to take care of their minds, their bodies, and their relationships with others. Health education is required for students every year, in grades K-12. In health class, students learn the concepts and skills they need to be healthy for life, including:
- Social and emotional skills
- How to set goals for life and health
- How to find and use health services
- Good communication and relationship skills
- How to set boundaries and resist negative social pressure
These skills are especially important during times when families and students are managing illness or other challenging situations. While your child is at home, you can support their physical, mental, social, and emotional development with the following free resources.
- Make a Mood Meter: Children learn how to make their own mood meter to check in with how they are feeling and recognize when they are upset and others are upset.
- BrainPOP: An educational website with health-related short videos, engaging learning activities, and online games.
- Social Emotional Family Toolkit (Move This World) : Students can use the journal prompts and writing activities on pages 24-27; caregivers can access other at-home tools and information.
- Learning About Decision-Making: Information about the effects of our choices and decisions, with questions to help students think about their own decision-making.
- Love is Respect: Helps young people learn about healthy relationships and how to prevent and end abusive relationships. The Relationships 101 section includes information for teens on dating, trust, consent, and conflict resolution. Site includes hotlines to text or call in crisis.
- The Trevor Project: A national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Resources include a guide to being an ally to transgender and non-binary youth.
- Let’s Talk: Your Health (Peer Health Exchange): Peer Health Exchange has created a library of health resources, including videos by peer health educators, to help teens take care of themselves during this time. Topics cover managing relationships as well as stress and anxiety during a pandemic, among other topics important to teens.