More high school students are sending and receiving sexually explicit text messages or photos, and that makes them more likely to engage in other types of sexual activity as well. Now researchers say the same trends are trickling down to younger students in middle school. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that a significant number of adolescents between ages 12 and 14 sext, and that these children are more likely to kiss, have oral sex or sexual intercourse than their counterparts who did not send such explicit messages. The study surveyed seventh grade students from five urban public middle schools in Rhode Island.
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Reasons for Sexuality Communication In the Reasons for sexuality communication theme, parents talked about the reasons they talked more or talked less with their teens about sex and relationships with sub-themes of Why talk more and Why talk less. Parents of male and female teens reported similar rates of why they talk at Time 1 and Time 2. Parents at both time points described a focus on protecting teens from future risk. Parents at Time 2 shared similar responses. Differences in reasons parents gave for talking with their teens about sex at Time 1 compared to Time 2 emerged.
Parents’ Perspectives on Family Sexuality Communication from Middle School to High School
Middle schoolers are having sex. And there are a few reasons for that. One is that this age group often seems much more childlike than adolescent. Plus, there are concerns about health issues like unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. People also bring their own worries about emotional trauma, as well as the moral impact, of early sex to the table.
Questions Middle School Program We take the challenge of encouraging youth to avoid sexual risks seriously. We believe every student should have the opportunities and tools they need to continue their education and fulfill their goals free from the consequences of engaging in sexually risky behavior at a young age. The health of each student is important and worthy of attention. Using a holistic approach, Willing to Wait topics cover the physical, emotional, relational, economic, and legal implications of a sexual relationship. This curriculum teaches that being willing to wait to have sex until marriage is a positive and realistic lifestyle option.