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Doing It Like The Dutch – Tips for parents from Holland’s world-class sex ed

12th November 2019 · 6:45pm - 8:30pm

In person | Virtual event

 Doing It Like The Dutch – Tips for parents from Holland’s world-class sex ed

Why are Dutch teenagers the happiest in the world? How do Dutch parents talk to their children about sex and relationships? And what happened when YouTuber Mimi Missfit took a team of British teenagers to Holland on a sex-ed fact-finding mission?

Learn from the excellent sex education in Holland – plus the open attitudes and approach of Dutch parents – about how to talk with your children about sex and relationships.

Our panel will give parents Netherlands-knowledge insight on talking openly at home…

  • Ida Bruusgaard Producer of Mimi On A Mission: Sex Ed – Ida’s ground-breaking BBC series followed YouTuber Mimi Missfit and a team of British teenagers to Holland to see how the Dutch tackle porn, safer sex, sexting, LGBT issues, first love etc
  • Jonny Hunt Relationships and sex education teacher – The primary-school programme All About Me that Jonny developed and leads is inspired by the annual Dutch relationships and sex education programme Spring Fever
  • Mark Smith Amsterdam-based journalist – In his March 2019 Times piece Why Dutch youngsters are the world’s happiest teenagers Mark profiled five adolescent locals and explored the Dutch concept that “no question about bodies or emotions should be off limits”

Plus see excerpts from the entertaining BBC series Mimi On A Mission: Sex Ed!

Did you know…

  1. Dutch sex ed is sex-positive and emphasises diversity, safer sex and communication
  2. Holland has the lowest teen pregnancy rates in Europe and low teen abortion rates. Under-25s account for only 10% of STIs
  3. A 2013 Unicef report labelled Dutch children the happiest in the world (with a score of 8.4 out of 10) and Dutch kids topped the wellbeing charts in 2017
  4. Dutch teens tend to have delayed, and pleasurable, first-time sex
  5. The Netherlands is one of the world’s most gender-equal countries

Presented by Outspoken Sex Ed (

Outspoken Sex Ed is a social enterprise dedicated to getting parents talking openly about sex and relationships. Outspoken is developing an interactive website, informative newsletter and topical, inspiring live events to give parents the language, knowledge, skills and confidence they say they need. Established in 2018, it is led by three parents with children ranging from toddlers to young adults. Ultimately Outspoken is aiming to change the conversation around sex, love, pleasure and relationships – and to work towards a culture that prizes respect, inclusivity and openness.


Twitter: @Outspokensex_ed


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