Parents teens and sex

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This fact sheet offers practical actions for parents to help strengthen their efforts to engage positively with their teens and to have meaningful discussions with them about sex. This information complements other available parent resources by emphasizing the importance of talking with teens about sex and healthy relationships. Parenting a teen is not always easy. Talking with teens about sex-related topics, including healthy relationships and the prevention of HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases STDs , and pregnancy, is a positive parenting practice that has been widely researched. Following are some actions and approaches parents might take to improve communication with their teen about these challenging, hard-to discuss health concerns. Your teen may be getting messages about sex, relationships, and the prevention of HIV, STDs, and pregnancy from a variety of sources, including teachers, friends, health care providers, television, and social media.

Talking with Your Teens about Sex: Going Beyond “the Talk”

Correlates and Consequences of Parent–Teen Incongruence in Reports of Teens’ Sexual Experience

When we hear it, we know it means explaining the mechanics of sex to young children. Although no one is quite sure where the phrase comes from, we are sure that almost everyone eventually learns about sex. Sexuality includes more than just the act of sex. It includes a developing awareness of your own sexual desires and attractions. It includes developing skills that allow for long-term healthy relationships. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found that most teenagers believe it would be easier to delay sexual activity if they were able to talk openly and honestly with their parents about topics such as sex.

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In fact, many young people want more guidance. Instead, the researchers found that teens and young adults are confused and anxious about how to develop healthy romantic relationships. Even worse, they found that sexual harassment and misogyny are pervasive among young people, and sexual assault rates are high.
Caroline Miller. Talking to teenagers about sex has to be the most potentially embarrassing challenge of parenting — for both parents and kids. As a result, there is very little conversation about it in many families, even though teenagers are sexually active at younger and younger ages. In workshops that focus on social-emotional wellness and decision-making, therapists with the Freedom Institute meet with many high school students to discuss issues that include substance use and sexual activity. Girls express the concern that if they decline sexual activity, or say they want to stop before a sexual encounter goes any further, it would be rude.