Menstuff® has compiled the following information on teenage sex. Note: Always have a Responsible Conversation about your Sexual History BEFORE petting or engaging in oral, anal or vaginal sex, even before petting.
Teenage Sex: Can You Influence Your Child's Decisions?
Can you, as a parent, steer the course of your teenager's sexual behaviour? The answer is: it depends. Parents who live in tightly knit social or religious communities that condemn premarital sex may find it easier to steer their teenagers' sexual choices. In mainstream society, parental control may be more tenuous. The strategy of ordering teens to abstain from sex has not proven very successful, whether the order comes from parents or from community initiatives (unless these iniatives were developed by the teens themselves).
Still, research shows that teens whose parents communicate with them tend to have less sex, and more responsible sex, than teens of noncommunicative parents.
Teenagers have the ability to think abstractly and to consider the
consequences of their behaviour, but they also have a developmentally
appropriate streak of independence that may lead them to resist any
"orders from on high." You stand a better chance of reaching them by
inviting a two-way discussion about sexuality than by trying to
impose your views on them - or ignoring the issue altogether. Not
knowing about sex doesn't prevent teens from having it, often to
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