Parents on teen dating
The old worries about teen pregnancy, tarnished reputations and broken hearts still apply, but today there are new risks due to rising rates of dating violence and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).
“Discuss with them what they’ll do if they start to feel unsafe,” says Ponton.
A sign that they’re ready for intimacy may be that they can discuss the risks with each other, use long-term protection and go together to the clinic to get it.
Brown says parents should be clear about their own views on sex.
“America has the highest rate of date rape in the world, and the statistics are very high among teens and young adults.” Make sure they know never to meet someone alone that they encountered online. Come pick me up at our spot down the street.” Talk Safe Sex When your teen starts dating, it’s time to discuss specific safe sex methods. When a sexual encounter comes up, Brown says parents can ask, “Where was the talk about protection?
Come up with a code that they can text or tell you over the phone anytime they’re out. I wonder if the talk about the condom happened behind the scenes.” When your teen is in a serious relationship, talk to both teens if possible, and make sure they realize the gravity of sexual intimacy, Brown says.