Category Archives: Sexual Issues

Misconceptions about Dating Violence

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, which makes it a perfect time to promote safe, healthy relationships to youth.  Teens should know that the term ‘dating violence’ does not refer to the occasional argument or bad mood, which are a normal part of any relationship. Rather, dating violence is when someone tries to control their significant

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Is your Tween Dating?

Many middle school students are involved in “romantic” relationships. While you might consider “dating” the process of going places with someone to get to know them better, youth today think dating is calling each other boyfriend/girlfriend and socializing online in a way that is often invisible to parents. Your tween could be dating and you might have no idea. BEFORE

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Teen Romantic Relationships: Preventing Dating Violence

For many people, February is labeled as the month of love because of Valentine’s Day. But it is also National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. It’s disappointing that we need such an observance, but one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner! With these types of numbers,

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Oral Sex: Teens’ Casual Opinion is Dangerous

Experts always advise parents of teenagers to talk to their children about sex in developmentally appropriate conversations throughout adolescence. Most parents focus their talks on sexual intercourse and do not specify other types of sexual activity, such as oral sex. Unfortunately, today’s teens believe oral sex is “safer” than vaginal sex, which is not true. Additionally, many don’t consider oral

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Rules for Dating

It is an emotional, overwhelming, and sometimes awkward time when your teenager starts dating. Many of us fear the time our child begins dating for a variety of reasons – it’s a big sign your child is growing up, it’s a time when your child desires someone else’s attention more than yours, and it opens a whole new area of

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Sexual Assault Awareness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is a good excuse to use to talk to your teen – both boys and girls – about this important issue. Many parents make the mistake of only talking to their daughters about sexual assault. While it’s true that the majority of sexual assault victims are women and girls, many men and boys

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Sexting Scandal: What Parents Should Do if Their Teen is Sexting

Last week, authorities in Cañon City, Colorado began investigating widespread sharing of nude pictures at a high school, which reportedly involved half the football team. The school district announced it had learned, through anonymous tips, that “a number of our students have engaged in behavior where they take and pass along pictures of themselves that expose private parts of their

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Study Shows that U.S. Teens Use Morning-After Pill More Often

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released results this week from their annual survey on teen sex and contraception use. The report shows that while teen birth rates have declined over the last decade, use of emergency contraceptive, often called the morning-after pill, has dramatically increased. The CDC reports that, in 2013, 22% (more than 1 in 5)

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