Jump to navigation. If you know a child and youth who demonstrates sexual behavior problems, you can help them to learn new healthy and safe behaviors. It's important for parents and other caregiving adults to act promptly to address a young person's sexual behaviors. Treatment providers who specialize in children's sexual behaviors can help both the child and the family address and change at-risk behaviors, as well as design safety plans to help the family maintain a safe environment.
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We fully recognize that talking about sex with your child — or even thinking about your child being or becoming sexually active — can be uncomfortable. These resources should help you understand how to help your child be and stay safe, healthy, and responsible. As a parent, part of your job is to prepare them for the drastic physical, social, and emotional changes that go hand-in-hand with growing up. In survey after survey, teens say their parents influence their decisions about sex more than any other source — including the media and their friends. Some of these parent characteristics include:. Parents have the responsibility to pass along family values to their children. Most comprehensive or evidence-based programs focus on universal values like respect, health, and responsibility.
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In some cultures, parents and family members such as aunts, uncles, elder sisters and grandparents are influential sources of knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and values for children and youth. They can help their children develop and practice responsible sexual behavior and personal decision making. There is some evidence that teens who live in stable family environments and are close to their parents are more likely to remain sexually abstinent, postpone intercourse, have fewer partners, and use contraception. Yet in almost all societies, educating children about sex is not a task that parents and other family members find easy. Many feel uncomfortable talking with children about the subject.
Worried about answering your child's questions about sex? Think you need more practice? Here's a list of questions that was gathered over the years from children and teens. If you can answer these questions, you can answer anything your child throws at you!