Parents, foster parents, grandparents or other adults who care for a young person are their most important source of information and role modeling. They can help youth develop healthy sexuality as a natural, normal, ongoing experience. And, they can help youth develop and practice responsible sexual behavior and personal decision making, but…
Giving no information or evading young people’s questions can send negative messages about sexuality.
Studies show that most youth want their parents to talk with them about relationships and sex. When parents don’t talk, youth look for information from friends or the internet or other sources that may not be correct or safe. This can lead to unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and other harmful outcomes.
Educating adults parents and other adults help them feel more confident to talk with youth about relationships, decision-making and sexuality.