S-E-X. A little three letter word that can make parents crazy, happy, thrilled and frantic. Parenting today, like years ago, includes the birds and the bees discussion. The difference? There seems to be a lot more to talk about today. Kids are starting younger, or maybe adults forget exactly when they started, however one thing remains the same, the discussion of sex can cause stress.
Parents will attempt to anticipate what their kids know already and what questions they will be asked. It can be a trying time for both parents and kids.
How prevalent is sexual behavior among teens? The most recent numbers come from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey of high school students from 34 states:
- An estimated 48% had sexual intercourse before graduating from high school.
- Approximately 15% had sexual intercourse with four or more partners before graduating from high school.
- Nearly 62% of currently sexually active students used a condom during last sexual intercourse.
- Approximately 90% of the students said they had been taught about AIDS and HIV infection in school.
In a new Seventeen magazine survey of boys and young men, almost half said they were virgins and one in four said he had lied to other kids about not being a virgin. According to the survey of 1,200 boys and young men, age 15 to 22, 60 percent said they lied about something sexual, 30 percent lied about “how far they had gone,” and 78 percent said that there was too much pressure from society to have sex.
Source: Connect with Kids
Nearly two-thirds of teens that have had sexual intercourse say they regret it and wish they had waited, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The campaign also found that when it comes to making a decision about sex, 30% said that friends influenced their decision the most.
In Broward County, Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, goal is to ensure that every individual has the information, services, and freedom to make healthy, responsible decisions about sex, sexuality, and parenthood.
Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier teens. Read more.