Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Teen sex

Did you know that the USA has the highest teenage pregnancy rate there is for an industrialized country? And yes that does include 18 and 19 years olds. But did you also know that that doesn't mean more teens in the USA are having sex? Teens in other countries have sex like those in the USA but they have more options available to them for information and protection. Just wanted to share.

Answer Question
 
purpleducky

Asked by purpleducky at 12:18 PM on Jul. 17, 2009 in General Parenting

Level 21 (11,829 Credits)
Answers (3)
  • Makes sense. In the US teen sex is taboo and people think that by not informing and educating kids, it means they won't have sex. Education is best, not keeping heads in the sand. My 13 yr old son is very well informed and educated. He knows that I want him to wait until he is much older but I also know that it may not happen. I would rather he be educated and protected than come home and tell me he has an STD or his girlfriend is pregnant because he didn't know how to protect themselves.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 12:22 PM on Jul. 17, 2009

  • It is a parents job to inform their kids, but since many do not the schools should take up the slack, and it needs to be done in a uniform manor, and started way earlier than it is. There also needs to be greater access to b/c. We have student healt centers on colleges, why not on high school campuses.
    teamquinn

    Answer by teamquinn at 3:13 PM on Jul. 17, 2009

  • Parents need to have open dialogue with their children about sex and contraceptives. It should be a discussion, not a lecture. and sex should not be discussed a shameful act.

    Children need to know how to protect themselves from pregnancy and stds.

    They also need to learn about relationships, healthy relationships, and intimacy within the context of a relationship.

    If parents find this too awkward, they should make an appointment at Planned Parenthood for a professional to go over the facts with the kids.

    Both sexes need to know where to buy condoms, how to use them correctly, and how to tell if a condom is faulty. Girls need to know how to obtain the birth control pill and to take it at the same time every day. These are life skills.
    Mousuke

    Answer by Mousuke at 3:45 PM on Jul. 17, 2009

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.