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Safe Sex Practices

Teenagers are often placed in situations that they may not be prepared for. Evidence has shown that if teens consider high risk situations prior to actually experiencing that situations, they may make better decisions. So, talk with your teens often about possible risky situations and about how you feel they should handle them. Helpful ways to do this are noted below:

  • Discuss your family values and morals regarding intercourse with your children in a non-threatening manner. So when is the right time to start talking about sex with your child? It’s a good idea to start laying the groundwork for these conversations long before the onset of puberty. The more frequently and frankly sexual matters are discussed, the easier and even more open such discussions are likely to be as you both grow comfortable with talking about it.
  • Discuss the fallacy of urban myths regarding sex and sexuality.
  • Always keep lines of communication open so that they can come to you if/when they need help. Never let them forget that love is unconditional.
  • Eat dinner together regularly as a family as this has been shown to promote less risk taking behaviors in children.
  • If your child comes to tell you that he/she is sexually active, consider helping your child get contraception and condoms to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Get Informed - Safe Sex

Additional Tips

Get Informed - Safe Sex

For additional tips, please refer to:

http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/dating-sex/pages/How-to-Talk-About-Sex-With-Your-Teen.aspx

http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/dating-sex/pages/Adolescent-Sexuality-Talk-the-Talk-Before-They-Walk-the-Walk.aspx

Of course abstinence is the best way to prevent pregnancy and this should be stressed to all teens. For those who choose to become sexually active and have the courage to discuss this with their guardians, consider helping them get to a health care provider who can educate them on the risks/consequences of early sexual activity and initiate contraception as needed.

Other Useful Websites

http://www.pregnantteenhelp.org

National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

 

 

Information Last updated 9/8/14

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