Talk with your teen about sex on an ongoing basis. However, sexuality is a part of every person's life from the moment he or she is born. Keep your sense of humor! A typical teen sends and receives 30 texts per day 2 And teens are not simply sending messages through the texting system that telephone companies offer. Let your teen know that you are always open and willing to talk about any questions or concerns they may have about sex. Have a conversation with your children — don't talk at them. Some common values about sexuality and relationships that most people support include honesty, equality, responsibility, and respect for differences. Then you will be able to share information and respond to questions in ways that will resonate with the belief system they are developing for themselves. What do you believe?
Sexuality, in most of its aspects, can be a joyful topic for discussion in the family. Ask your teen what they want to know about sex. To feel comfortable talking openly with you, your teen needs to know that you will not punish him or her for being honest. Remember to keep your sense of humor throughout conversations with your child — the conversation doesn't have to be tense and uncomfortable unless you make it that way. Teens will pick them up on their own to read them See the Additional Resources Section. Reassure your teen that not everyone is having sex, and that it is okay to be a virgin. Have a conversation with your children — don't talk at them. Find the answers together. What do you believe? When your children share feelings with you, praise them for it. But we believe that the broad contours and patterns evident in this web-based survey are comparable to those seen in previous telephone surveys. Talk with your teen about ways to handle pressure from others to have sex. Your first talk with your teen regarding sex should not be your last! If you don't know the answer, admit it. Some common values about sexuality and relationships that most people support include honesty, equality, responsibility, and respect for differences. Encourage a sense of pride. It should be noted that some of these differences may be artifacts of differences in use of these sites by these different subgroups of teens. Too often, parents think they need to wait until they collect enough information and energy to be prepared to have "THE TALK" with their children. The magnitude and direction of these effects are difficult to predict, though for most kinds of questions, the fundamental conclusions one would draw from the data will be similar regardless of mode. Young people often find it confusing when parents talk about a value regarding sexuality and then act in a way that does not support that value. Remind your teen that they can choose to wait abstain even if they have had sex before. African-American and Hispanic youth report more frequent internet use than white teens. Keep your sense of humor! Don't make the conversation tense; keep your sense of humor. The survey was re-opened in the spring and 44 pairs were added to the sample. Practice what you preach
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