- Instead of answering the question, “what did you learn in school today?” turn it around and quiz your parents after a PREP lesson! Ask them if they know which birth control method is most effective. (It’s the implant, btw.) Or ask them which STD’s are curable and which ones aren’t. Quiz an adult with “Would you rather have Herpes or Genital Warts?” Don’t forget to ask “Why?”!
- Ask your parents to help you practice resistance skills learned in class before going to a party where you might be faced with temptations of cigarettes, alcohol, weed or sexual activity that you really don’t want to engage in. Ask them, ‘what would you say or do if this happened to you?’ Further demonstrate your new knowledge and skills by filling in the blanks when they forget any of the steps for drawing their line.
- Use a scene on TV (16 & Pregnant, perhaps?), in a movie or music video to ask what they think is important in a relationship or when they think is the right time to start a family. This can help you begin to develop your own personal limits, values and beliefs.
- Share something a friend or classmate is experiencing or experimenting with as a way to discuss your parent’s thoughts, feelings and family or religious values on the topic
- Use online and local resources or text ICYC (In Case Your Curious) to 57890 in Colorado and look up answers to questions together.
Think of how grown up and responsible you will look and sound when YOU know the places to go for reliable information when the adults you’re talking to don’t know all the answers to your questions. (News Flash – they won’t know all the answers!)
Research Using Trusted Websites
Talk to a Parent/Trusted Adult
Use Condoms to Prevent STIs & Pregnancy
Practice Your Resistance Skills Out Loud
Most Common STI Symptom is NO SYMPTOM
Know Your Personal Limits
Only Way to Know if You’re Infected? Get Tested!
Why Sex Education Is Important
Ok, no one is denying that it is often times really awkward to ask adults; especially of the parent-kind, questions about sex and your body! However, it is vitally important for teens to get accurate sex ed information so that you don’t end up with an unplanned pregnancy or STI like Chlamydia, Herpes, Gonorrhea or HIV/AIDS. DO NOT believe everything you read or hear from your friends or see on TV or Google. Sex education is important enough to invest time and effort in these discussions.
Be brave enough to take the plunge into that vast pool of icy cold water known as “the talk” with your parents, guardian or trusted adult. After all, in survey after survey teens (that’s YOU!) say parents most influence your decisions about sex! Besides, if you have ever jumped in to a pool of icy cold water, you know it isn’t so bad once you get used to it.
Talking to your parents about sex, relationships and your body actually has been proven to
- delay sexual activity
- reduce the number of your sexual partners
- increase the likelihood that you will use contraception more consistently
If those reasons aren’t motivation enough to get you (and your parent or trusted adult) to take the plunge then consider some tips and ease on in to the shallow end and at least get your toes wet.
Did you know? Among young adults age 18-24, 69% say it’s acceptable for someone their age to be a virgin. Of those 15–19 year-olds who have had sex, 55% say they wish they had waited longer.
“It was an interesting break from my normal presentations and duties. Our youth are indeed amazing we just need to stop and listen on occasion. I gained more than I gave with this encounter.
Even though I spent most of my adult life in business, my degree is in Education, it’s always nice to interface with our youth.”