This fact sheet is part of the Teen talk: A survival guide for parents of teenagers series. Because recent studies show that nearly half of high school students have had sex. This also includes 15 percent who have had four or more partners. Parents need to share their values about sex with their children, because teens will also get information from other kids and the media. Deciding what to say to your teen about sex is a personal decision.
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Instead, the first thing I do is establish ground rules. Only then can we get to work. In the back corner of my classroom is an old shoebox with a hole cut into the top of it. Next to the box are scraps of paper and some pencils. This is the Question Box, a place where kids can drop any question they have about human sexuality. I answer the questions both during class time and on a blog I maintain at school. They run the gamut from innocent to downright technical.
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Romantic relationships are a major developmental milestone. They come with all the other changes going on during adolescence — physical, social and emotional. Romantic relationships can bring many emotional ups and downs for your child — and sometimes for the whole family.
Adolescent sexuality is a stage of human development in which adolescents experience and explore sexual feelings. Interest in sexuality intensifies during the onset of puberty , and sexuality is often a vital aspect of teenagers' lives. Sexual interest among adolescents, as among adults, can vary greatly, and is influenced by cultural norms and mores , sex education , as well as comprehensive sexuality education provided, sexual orientation , and social controls such as age-of-consent laws. Sexual activity in general is associated with various risks. Contraceptives specifically reduce the chance of pregnancy.