Did you know that talking to Teens about Sex helps build a strong foundation for their future? “Don’t have sex, because you will get pregnant and die!” We’re all too familiar with that scene in Mean Girls (2004) when gym teacher Coach Carr is supposed to be teaching a reproductive health class in this pop culture classic film.
Sadly, many Teens experience similar conversations and messages from parents and adults in their lives during a time when feelings about their relationships and sexuality are blossoming. It can feel stressful, awkward, and even shameful for teens to ask questions about these mixed messages and the feelings they are experiencing. How should parents educate their Teens while still keeping them safe?
So, Berks Teens is here to break it down. Let’s talk about some of the “Myths & Facts” surrounding sexuality education and Teens:
MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT TEENS AND SEXUAL HEALTH
- MYTH -Talking to my Teen about sex will encourage risky behaviors
- FACT – When Teens feel heard, cared for, and understood by parents, they are more likely to share their parent’s values about sex
- MYTH – Talking to my Teen about sex wouldn’t make a difference because they’re going to do whatever they want to do
- FACT -Research shows that Teens who have more open and honest conversations with their parents about sex are more likely to postpone having sex. They are also more likely to take precautions, like using condoms, when they do
Many parents attempt to have a talk about sex with their Teens but often center these talks around ideas like “Just don’t do it,”, “You’re too young” or “You’d better not even think about it”. While it may seem helpful, these messages discourage your Teen from asking questions, receiving any guidance, or opening up about anything related to intimate relationships in the future. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to talking to youth about sex, but make sure to stick to the facts. Be transparent about the consequences of sex, both good and bad. This includes the possibility of STDs or STIs and pregnancy.
Please visit palomagazine.com to read the complete article and get the resources.
Celines Valerio, BA (she/her)
Community Engagement Manager for Berks Teens
An Initiative of Co-County Wellness Services
PH: 610-375-6523 ext. 117