Ten Tips for Parents on Talking to Teens About Sex
Courtesy of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies
In it's 10+ year history, the National Campaign has reviewed research about parental influences on children's sexual behavior and talked to many experts in the field, as well as to teens and parents themselves. From these sources, it is clear that there is much parents and adults can do to reduce the risk of kids becoming pregnant before they've grown up.
Presented here as "ten tips" - many of which will seem familiar because they articulate what parents already know from experience. Research supports these common sense lessons: not only are they good ideas generally, but they can also help teens delay becoming sexually active, as well as encourage those who are having sex to use contraception carefully.
Finally, although these tips are for parents, they can be used by adults more generally in their relationships with teens. Parents - especially single parents or those who are working long hours - often turn to other adults for help in raising their children and teens. If all these caring adults are on the same "wavelength" about the issues covered here, young people are given more consistent messages.
So, What to Do?
Published on June 26, 2012