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The transmission through the teenage years is not easy for all concerned. Engagement and conversation on any issue can be difficult and embarrassing for parents and carers, particularly sex and relationships. Equally it can be embarrassing for teenagers to have their parents/carers talk about the subject. You may feel that your child receives enough information from various sources like school, TV, books, magazines and films. However, talking to your teenager about sex and relationships can be a positive experience and help them to develop into confident independent young people, who can make informed choices regarding their sexual health.

Talking and being open with your teenagers can mean they have sex later and are more likely to have safer sex. Not talking to your teenagers about sex and relationships could affect them for the rest of their life as they may pick up the message that somehow sex is wrong or should be kept a secret.

Television, magazines, newspapers, films etc all seem to suggest that everybody is having sex and sex is freely available to teenagers. However, the majority of people under 16 are not having sex and a high proportion of those who do have sex before they are 16 regret it.

The Sexual Health D&G works in partnership towards supporting young people in delaying early sexual activity. However, it also recognises that some young people will start having sex before they are 16 and it is important to meet their safer sex needs.

Sexual Health D&G has a network of specific youth drop-in's across the region called C2U which offer advice and information on a range of issues that affect young people. There is also 'C' Card scheme C4U (condoms for you) which apart from young people being able to access free condoms is a vehicle to educate young people in sexual health issues and sign post appropriately and where relevant explore related issues such as negotiating skills, peer pressure, self esteem and alcohol. It is becoming increasingly apparent that alcohol is playing a relevant part in the poor sexual health of young people.

Helpful Tips

When you talk make it as natural as you can and this will reflect that sex and relationships are a natural part of all our health.

Further Information

parents links healthyrespect.co.uk/Professionals/ParentsAndCarers/Pages/default.aspx