Early Sexual Activity: Summary and Next Steps
Early sexual activity is an issue that many parents aren’t comfortable addressing with their children, and it’s easy to say “If they’re going to have sex, I can’t stop them.” But it’s important to talk to your child, educate him about the subject, and lay a foundation of positive values that he can draw on when it comes time to make difficult decisions about sex. Keep the lines of communication open, be honest and supportive, and your child will be well-prepared to take informed, positive action.
More Useful Web Sites
- The Office of Adolescent Health’s Conversation Generation Site for Parents — Practical tips for talking to teens about sex and other tough-to-talk-about topics.
- 4parents.gov — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides many useful resources, including tips on ways to talk about sex, downloadables, and research.
- Advocates for Youth Topics and Issues — A great source of information on a variety of topics related to youth and sex, including downloadable resources and research.
- The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy — Find resources for parents and teens on preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy.
- Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays — Find information, connect with others, and get involved in creating a supportive environment for GLBT youth in workplaces, faith communities, and everywhere else.
- Sex. Really. — An insightful site about relationships, love, and sex for “20-somethings.” Hosts a blog and podcast series from Laura Stepp, a noted journalist and author with a talent for talking to young people about sex.