Talking about sexuality with your children can be a challenge. When teens feel uncomfortable coming to their parents or guardians regarding difficult issues such as sex, they often turn to friends or the media for information. Often, that information is either blatantly wrong or misinformed. Although your teen may have some concept of these topics from the media, school and friends, be sure to discuss these topics with your teen one-on-one. Your teen could be severely misinformed regarding these issues:.
Tips and Advice for Talking to Teens About Sex | Sutter Health
Adolescence can be tough enough to get through without questions of sex, sexuality, and sexual identity. But adolescents are humans, too — no matter how alien they may seem to their parents at times. Sharing factual information with and giving good moral guidance to your teenager is a vitally important part of helping your teen understand herself or himself. It can help your child avoid devastating, and possibly life-threatening, errors in judgment.
Teenage sexual behaviour: attitudes towards and declared sexual activity
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Although the teenage pregnancy rates in the UK are falling in the 16 to 19 year old range, they are still rising in the 13 to 15 year olds. Overall, they remain one of the highest within Western Europe. Teenagers continue to present a challenge to the health services due to the increase in their sexual risk taking behaviour, the earlier age at which they are starting sexual activity and a reluctance to utilise services available to them.