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Talking about sex with your teen
It can be awkward, but the earlier you talk about sex with your child the better prepared she will be to make safer decisions about it. Your child will also be better able to deal with peer pressure and the unwavering influence of the media as she gets older.
Most parents don’t relish the thoughts of having ‘the talk’ with their children but it is important to realise that all children have sexual feelings which are a normal part of growth and development.
If you just don’t know how to start this conversation, use everyday situations as an icebreaker. Use examples on TV or in a book to start a conversation. It is best coming from you and shouldn’t be heard in the school canteen.
If you wait for others-friends, school staff, or another adult-to address sex, you do your child a dis-service.
Be aware that children have easy access to the internet where sexual or pornographic content can be easily accessed. Keep the computer in a shared area where you can see what your child is doing online.