sexting: the new dinner conversation

April 20, 2022 • 5:30 PM ET
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Have you ever wondered how to bring up the subject of sexting with young people in your lives? What happens if porn comes up in dinnertime conversations or there’s a sex scene on the screen at your family movie night? This session will give you some perspectives on discussing these topics while keeping safety, trust, and support in mind so your teens will continue to confide in you!

After this session, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the various forms of social media available to young people;
  • Explain consent in the context of digital sexual behavior;
  • Understand and use a harm-reduction lens in approaching conversations about digital sexual behavior with youth;
  • Learn Planned Parenthood staff’s tips and tricks for teaching about digital sexual behavior;
  • Gain skills on helping a young person who is undergoing digital abuse
meet your trainer: Vanessa Geffrard

Vanessa Geffrard is a life-affirming sex educator residing in West Baltimore. Vanessa serves as Vice President of Education and Training at Planned Parenthood of Maryland. In her role, she leads the strategic direction of sex education programs across the state. Vanessa manages and implements middle school programming, adult trainings, and community workshops. She also trains and educates folks across the lifespan around sexual health topics such as consent and boundaries, sexually transmitted infection prevention, contraceptive methods, teen pregnancy and abortion stigma, healthy relationships, and LGBTQ inclusion.

Vanessa is the founder of VagEsteem™, a workshop series and podcast that encourages good and healthy sex through courageous conversation about love and sexuality.



This project is/was supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Teen Pregnancy Prevention Tier 1 grant, 1 TP1AH000234-01-00, as administered by the Maryland Department of Health.  The information or content presented are those of the author and shall not be construed as the official position or policy, nor any endorsement, by HHS, the Federal Government, or the Maryland Department of Health. 

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