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October is Let’s Talk Month

Parents want the best for their children and teens. That means helping them with homework, encouraging their hobbies, and … talking about sex and relationships.

During Let’s Talk Month each year, young people and parents are encouraged to communicate with one another about sexuality — including relationships, bodies and body image, reproduction, gender and sexual orientation, sexual behavior, and preventing pregnancy and STDs.

The 2014 Let’s Talk survey revealed that teens and parents are talking, but they're not talking often enough or clearly enough.Teens name parents as the biggest influence on their decisions about sex. And teens who talk to their parents about sex are more likely to wait longer to have it, and use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do. It's important for parents to be direct, be specific, and talk often.

Visit For Parents for tips on talking with teens about sex and sexual health, building strong parent-teen relationships, and setting rules that help keep teens safe and healthy.

Additional Resources

Parent support for sex education fact sheet
Example table of sex education
Parents’ Checklist to Support their Children’s Sex Education
Talking About Consent and Healthy Relationships at Every Age
Healthy Relationships Bingo
The Talk Show: Using TV to Talk With Your Children About Sex
Let's Talk: Tips for Talking With Your Teen About Sexuality
Let's Talk: Tips for Talking With Your Parents About Sex and Relationships
Parents and Teens Talk About Sexuality: A National Poll
Parents and Teens Talk About Sexuality: In Their Own Words
Just the Facts: Teen Sexual Behavior and Parent-Child Communication

Sex Education Bingo! (Grades 6-8)

Resources en español

Bingo relaciones saludables
Hablando sobre el consentimiento y las relaciones saludables en todas las edades
Los adolescentes y sus padres conversan sobre la sexualidad: una encuesta nacional
Datos de la realidad: la conducta sexual de los adolescentes y la comunicación entre padres e hijos
Sugerencias para conversar con tus padres sobre el sexo y las relaciones de pareja
Sugerencias para conversar con sus hijos adolescentes sobre la sexualidad
La guía de televisión: Utilizando la tv para hablar de sexo con sus hijos

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