Youths are exposed to sexual messages every day—on the TV, on the internet, in movies, in magazines, and in music. Sex in the media is so common that you might think teens today already know all they need to about sex. They may even claim to “know it all,” so sex is something you just don’t talk about. Unfortunately, only a small amount of what is seen in the media shows healthy sexual behavior or gives correct information.

Your teen needs a reliable, honest source to turn to for answers, and the best source is you. You may feel uneasy when talking with your teen about sex, but your guidance is important. Beyond the basic facts about sex, your teen needs to learn from you about your family values and beliefs. This needs to be an ongoing discussion and not just one “big talk.”

Here is information from the American...

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