Often, the information that your teen receives from these sources are either blatantly wrong or misinformed.
That's why it's important that you start the conversation with your teen early.
Continue this conversation throughout your teen's life by letting them know you are open and non-judgmental regarding the issue of sex and sexuality.
Remember, no parent needs to be an expert on sexuality to have meaningful conversations with their children since every parent can share their values about sexuality, relationships, and respect for others.
Back to top Some parents believe that talking about sex will lead to teens having sex.
In fact, research shows that teens who have talked with their parents about sex are more likely to post-pone sex and use birth control when they do begin.
it is important to discuss these topics with your teen 1-on-1.
Chances are, your teen could be severely misinformed regarding these issues – you cannot assume that your teen is already well educated regarding any of these issues.
Sometimes parents are fearful about saying too much, too soon (although there's no evidence that this should be a concern).
Correct misinformation gently, and reinforce your values whenever possible. Too often, parents think they need to wait until they collect enough information and energy to be prepared to have "THE TALK" with their children.
However, sexuality is a part of every person's life from the moment he or she is born.
Additionally, PAMF has provided some Additional Resources below that may help to open communication with your child regarding sexuality.
Even with the support of these external resources, it is important to remember: parents are the most important sexuality educators for their children.