Parents: Your Advice Matters
Nothing influences teens like involved and supportive parents. Studies have shown that parents are the primary influence in their children’s lives, and that young people want their parents to talk to them about sex. It’s not easy, but it can make all the difference in your teen’s life!
Resources For ParentsPart of the mission of Free to Be is to inform parents through information and resources. Click on our resources links to the right and read the statistics below.
Be An Engaged Parent
Most teens (69%) agree it would be much easier for them to postpone sexual activity and teen pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents.(1)
1. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. “What Parents Need to Know and Do to Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy.” Parent Power. 2008.
Teens say that parents (46%) influence their decisions about sex more than friends (20%), religious leaders (7%), siblings (5%), teachers and sex educators (4%), or the media (4%).(2)
2. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. “With One Voice 2010: America’s Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy.” A Periodic National Survey. December 2010.
65% of guys ages 15-22 who have talked to their parents about preventing pregnancy say it was helpful – unfortunately only slightly more than half (53%) report having had such conversations. Guys are more comfortable talking to their moms about their feelings (how to treat girls, their feelings about girls), but want to talk with their dads about sex and protection.(3)
3. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “That’s What He Said; What Guys Think About Sex, Love, Contraception and Relationships.” 2009.
Be An Informed Parent
Start the Conversation
When Should I Start Talking to My Teen About Sex?
While it may be difficult to talk to your teens about sexual issues, if your teen is like most teens, he or she WANTS to talk to you. Your opinions and advice matter! You are the biggest influence on your teen’s choices.
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What Can I Do About Internet Influence?
Familiarize yourself with the internet and internet technology. Place the computer in an area that will make monitoring easy.Review the addresses of your child’s old email, bookmarks and online history. Know your child’s password and screen name
There’s Sex-Ed at School. Do I Still Need to Be Involved?
As a parent, it is important to be involved in your teen’s education and make sure that they are learning the values and goals that you believe in. Talk to your teen about what they are learning in school, and let them know what you think. In addition to learning in sex ed. and health classes, teens will learn about sex from other teens at school. Studies have also shown that the second highest influence for teens, after their parents, is their friends. Make it a point to know your teen’s friends and their families.