Information on Teens & Sexuality
Sex is among the most common – and often one of the scariest, though most important – issues that parents worry about during their child’s development between their preteen and teen years. As children enter middle school, they will be exposed to new sensations and experiences. Not only are there physiological issues to address, but emotional and mental issues as well.
With this new awareness of teenage sexuality come new health risks that teens often don’t know about. As a parent, it is important that you are well equipped to address any risks, questions, or situations as they arise in your teen’s life. Having a solid foundation of knowledge and a clear attitude about sex will help you deal with the issues when you’re confronted with them.
Most importantly, you need to feel capable of discussing your attitudes and fears with your child. The following resources aim to help you become more comfortable discussing sexual health with your teen and provide useful information to answer any questions you and/or your child may encounter.
PAMF Articles for Parents
- Tips & Advice for Talking to Teens About Sex
- Tips & Advice for Talking With Preteens
- Understanding Teen Emotions & Life
- Helping Your Teen Make Responsible Choices
- Information on Teens & Sexual Abuse
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs): Chlamydia
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs): HIV/AIDS
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PAMF Articles for Preteens & Teens
The following are some resources that you may find helpful for your preteen or teen regarding sex and sexuality:
- Emotions & Life for Teens
- Talking to Parents & Safe Sex FAQ
- Preparing for a Tough Conversation
- Sexuality Helplines & Crisis Hotlines
- Sexual Health & Experience for Teens
- Virginity & First-Time Sex: Ready or Not?
- A Guideline to Healthy Sexual Relationships
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The following are some book summaries and reviews that we believe may help you and your teen further understand sex and sexuality topics.
- The Birds, the Bees, and Me (DVD), By: The National Training Organization for Child Care Providers; Reviewed by: Nancy Brown, Ph.D
- Beyond the Big Talk: Every Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens From Middle School to High School and Beyond, By: Debra W. Haffner
- From Diapers to Dating: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children, By: Debra W. Haffner
- Rainbow Party, By: Paul Ruditis; Reviewed by: Nancy Brown, Ph.D
- The Sex Lives of Teenagers: Revealing the Secret World of Adolescent Boys and Girls, By: Dr. Lynn Ponton; Reviewed by: Nancy Brown, Ph.D
- The Teen Survival Guide to Dating & Relating: Real-World Advice on Guys, Girls, Growing Up, and Getting Along, By: Annie Fox; Reviewed by: Katie Ransohoff
- Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both, By: Laura Sessions Stepp; Reviewed by: Leigha Winters
- Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They're Really Saying, By: Michael Riera
- The New Gay Teenager, By: Ritch Savin-Williams; Reviewed by: Anna Rafferty
- The Real Truth About Teens & Sex, By: Sabrina Weill; Reviewed by: Nancy Brown, Ph.D
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The following are some external resources that may further assist you in talking to your preteen or teen about sex and sexuality.
- Resources to Help You Talk to Your Teen
- Resources About Teens & HIV/AIDS
- Planned Parenthood: This Web site promotes values, behavior, and policies that reduces both teenage pregnancy and unwanted pregnancy among young adults.
- Advocates for Youth: Advocates for Youth promotes communication between parents and their children to help young people establish individual values and make healthy decisions.
- Go Ask Alice!: A Health Question & Answer Web site produced by Alice!, Columbia University's Health Promotion Program. It works to provide readers with reliable, accessible, and culturally competent information as well as a range of thoughtful perspectives so that they can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being.
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Reviewed by: Adolescent Interest Group
Last reviewed: August 2013