Safer Sex Guidelines for Adolescents What is "safe" sex? The only safe sex is no sex, according to most health care providers. Abstinence may be the only true form of "safe" sex, as all forms of sexual contact carry some risk. However, certain precautions and safe behaviors can minimize a person's risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Talking to your teen about safe sex The American Academy of Pediatrics AAP recommends that parents start talking to children about sex when they first ask where babies come from, usually between the ages of 3 and 4.
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Safer Sex Guidelines for Adolescents
Advertisement Frequently talking with your teen about sex can promote safe sex later in life Parents who communicate with their children about sex and sexual health can benefit from an improved parent-child relationship according to new research. Carried out by Laura Padilla-Walker, a family life professor at Brigham Young University, the new study recruited 14 to year-old teenagers and their mothers, plus of their fathers, and followed them over a year period. Although previous research has suggested that parents can be an important source of sex education for their children, Padilla-Walker explains that little is known about how this type of communication changes between parents and children over time, and how these changes may affect teenage behaviors related to sexual risk. Padilla-Walker contacted the families every summer over 10 years to evaluate the level of communication between parents and children about sexuality and avoiding sexual risk. The findings, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, showed that both teenagers and their parents reported relatively low levels of sexual communication, which stayed relatively constant over the course of the study, although teens reported even lower levels than their parents did. Although she acknowledges these conversations may be awkward, she added that just one generic talk with children about sex is not enough.
By Ann Brenoff Engadget Not everything online is evil, nor does danger lurk behind every new app that comes to market. Keep in mind that no app poses a danger in and of itself, but many do provide kids with an opportunity to make, ahem, bad choices. Sometimes when it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it's really not a duck. Such is the case with Audio Manager, an app that has nothing to do with managing your teen's music files or controlling the volume on his smartphone and everything to do with him hiding things like nude photos from you.
Follow TIMEHealth There were certain things that the s just did better — including getting the word out about the dangers of unprotected sex. Other reports have found that while teenagers are likely to use a condom the first time they have sex, their behavior becomes inconsistent after that. Americans ages 15 to 24 contract chlamydia and gonorrhea at four times the rate of the general population, and those in their early 20s have the highest reported cases of syphilis and HIV. Young men and women are more likely than older people to report having no sex in the past year, yet those who are having sex are more likely to have multiple partners, which increases the risk of STDs. The fear of the disease gave heft to safe-sex campaigns.