Kids today are exposed to sexual images before they are prepared to handle them, and roughly 1 in 4 teens will become pregnant by age But teen pregnancy is less likely for kids who talk with their parents about sex. In national surveys, teens reported that their parents have the greatest influence over their decisions about sex — more than friends, siblings or the media. Those who talk with their parents about sex are more likely to delay having sex until they are older, and to make healthy choices when they do have it. Teaching kids about sex does not give permission to have sex.
Here's how to inoculate ourselves against negative ones. Verified by Psychology Today. You and Your Adolescent. Valentine's Day seems like the right time to offer a few words of advice to parents about talking to preteens and young teenagers about sex. In fact, it's probably easier to do this before your teen has become sexually active than after. Study after study shows that teenagers want more information about sex than they are getting. When asked how they would choose to learn about sex, nine out of ten say from their parents-yes, their parents-not from their friends or a health class or books.
It is not uncommon for parents to worry about what their teenage children are doing on a Friday or Saturday night but according to a Baylor College of Medicine expert, it is weekday afternoons when teens often choose to engage in risky behaviors like sexual activities. Fortunately, there are other protective factors that parents should focus on that may delay a teen becoming sexually active. These include:. Smith offers some advice on effective communication:. For younger teens — ages 13 to 15 — keep the conversation honest and direct.
By Lindsay Kneteman Sep 24, Photo: iStockphoto. She told herself that, when it came to teaching her kids about sex, she would be open and honest. Now a mom to a month-old and a two-and-a-half-year-old, King wants to keep that promise. They recommend weaving sex into everyday discussions, layering in more information over time and introducing certain concepts at specific ages.