What is Consent?

Consent is the full, continuous, reciprocal agreement to an activity among the individuals involved.

Consent is Just About Sex, Right?

Consent is imperative during sexual intimacy, but it’s bigger than that. Think about consent as a set of key principles that you can use all the time in lots of different interactions with people.

What are the Key Principles?


Mutual Respect

If someone says yes or no in a situation, you need to respect their choice. Also, others should respect your choice.

Common Sense & Good Judgement

Both verbal and non-verbal check-ins are key to communicating consent. Ultimately, you want to be on the same page with the other person.

Comprehending the Consequences

People can’t give consent if they don’t fully understand or are incapable of understanding what they’re consenting to. For example, a child may not comprehend the consequences of saying yes to some things.

People Can Change Their Minds

Just because you said yes to something yesterday doesn’t mean you have to say yes today. Also, someone can say no at any time during an interaction even if they had initially agreed.

You Have a Voice

It’s okay to express preferences and desires in situations.

When Should I Talk to My Kids About Consent?

Start talking about the key principles of consent when kids are young, and bring up the topic often as they grow up. Customize the conversation to be appropriate for your child’s age. For ideas about how to start the conversation, check out this infographic.


After you talk about the key principles of consent, have your child draw a scenario where people model good behavior.


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