Parent Resources on Sex Education

Tips for Talking with Children About Sex

  • Encourage communication by reassuring children that they can talk to you about anything.
  • Listen more than you talk and think about what you’re being asked.
  • Don’t jump to conclusions. Just because a teen asks about sex does not mean they are having or thinking about having sex.
  • Give factual, honest, short and simple answers.
  • Respect your child’s views.
  • Reassure your children that they are normal – as are their questions and thoughts.
  • Teach your children ways to make good decisions about sex and coach them on how to get out of risky situations.
  • Admit when you don’t know the answer to a question. Suggest the two of you find the answer together on the Internet or in the library.

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Source: Advocates for Youth, www.advocatesforyouth.org

 

2007 Teen Birth Rate Summary

The National Center for Health Statistics has released preliminary 2007 birth data. According to this report, the teen birth rate increased 1% between 2006 and 2007. This is the second year in a row that the teen birth rate has increased. The increase follows 14 years of continuous decline in the teen birth rate. That is, after declining 34% between 1991 and 2005, the teen birth rate has now increased 5% between 2005 and 2007.

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National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

This 36-page booklet, Terms of Engagement: How to Involve Parents in Programs to Prevent Teen Pregnancy by Karen Trocolli, is full of helpful information.

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** This information has been shared with you by Barb Flis, mother of two and creator of Parent Action for Healthy Kids.