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As parents, it can be pretty easy to get upset upon learning that teens are sexually active. Before losing your cool, Sharon Robinson, MD, Pediatrician at NorthShore, explains that it’s best to stay calm and have an open dialogue regarding safe sex practices. The most important concern as parents should be your teen’s safety.
To begin, see what your teen knows about sex. This will help you gauge how to start the discussion. If you need further guidance on how to discuss sexual education with your child, talk to their doctor for tips. Even if you believe that your teen is not sexually active, talking to them about safe sex is an important conversation to have.
Dr. Robinson provides some safe sex guidelines that you can go over with your teen:
While it may be an awkward conversation to have, it’s an important one. Teens often pretend that they are not listening but they value your opinion and look to you for guidance and support.
If you are still unsure how to discuss this topic with your teen or want more information, talk to their healthcare provider.
How did you approach your teen when discussing safe sex?