Therapist, Sex Educator, Author, Speaker, Dad. Youth-centered/ parent-focused coaching around sexuality/ technology and adolescence
I hav been an educator for tweens, teens and parents, in Seattle, Washington. For the last 20 years.From working in peer counseling and student outreach programs in high schools, to medical, residential and psychiatric settings, I now provide training for organizations and agencies as well therapy to adolescents and families around a gambit of sexuality themes - with an emphasis on LGBT issues, Internet safety, digital citizenship and comprehensive sex education. I speak internationally using information, education and humor to help parents and professionals increase their knowledge and self-confidence as a proactive defense against the unfortunate consequences that sometimes accompany teen sexuality, behavior and development.
As technology has developed, and become intertwined with sexual expression and development, my work revolves mostly in that intersections of adolescence, sexuality, technology and behavior.
A primer on parenting in a digital age – including guidelines and advice for conversations and creating age-appropriate boundaries, habits and safety for kids of all ages.
This book highlights best practices for raising kids who are good digital citizens, packed with advice culled from therapist/ sex and tech educator, Jo Langford’s meandering experience working with teens for the last two decades.
Including information on gaming, streaming, self-esteem, cyberbullying, social media and digital flirting, this book is required reading for any parent of a connected kid, with dozens of links and resources for starting and having the “Tech Talks”!
Unflinchingly honest, unfailingly complete, immensely readable (and often funny),
Spare Me the Talk! is the first book of its kind – written specifically for by a guy for guys ages 12-24, and for parents of boys as young as 8.
An encompassing guide to sexual and social development, safety and health for queer youth and ther families. Covering ALL aspects of LGBT adolescence, both online and off.
The FIRST puberty book featuring information and tools specifically for queer youth and ther parents, guardians and other concerned adults.
Insight from 25 years of working with teens around sexuality.
LGBT-specific concepts, culture and vocabulary explained!
Stats and advice for transgender youth – as well as other orientations – including social, physical and sexual dynamics of gay, lesbian, asexual, cisgender and bi youth.
The spectrum of queer experience from early awareness and questions through coming out/ transition, as well as future-thinking and making safe choices.
Detailed outlines of social, medical and legal processes involved with transition as well as what happens afterward – including the controversial concepts of passing, puberty blockage and gender neutral bathrooms.
Tips and tools for navigating minority stress, bullying, homphobia and personal safety.
Dozens of resources specifically designed for queer youth.
A special section specifcally written for parents – including what to do (and NOT do) as a parent, professional or other caring adult in the life of a queer child.
A comprehensive crash course for girls in staying safe – emotionally, mentally and physically – while navigating the world of adolesence and sexuality in the digital age…
Beheroes411 is the app designed to address specific social, sexual, psychological and safety situations issues and situations that young people may face both online and off. With clear “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for dozens of social situations from “My parents kicked me out,” to “The condom broke,” to “I think I might be gay,” to witnessing/ experiencing a hate crime, to needing to bail on an uncomfortable date, to date rape drugs to active shooters, Beheroes411 is a go-to, real-time resource for people who may experience these issues, though not have the life experience, ability or presence of mind to navigate them alone.