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Tools for Parents

Talk to your teens. We know it can be difficult, and we're here to help. But there's no better resource than a supportive parent. You've been through it. Now you can make it easier for them.

Research shows that teens are more sexually active than parents think. By the time they’re 19, seven out of 10 teens have had sex. Two thousand teens get pregnant in the U.S. every day. And teens have very high rates of sexually transmitted infections.

Parents really can make a difference. We can talk with our kids, build strong relationships with them, and set clear expectations and boundaries for them. These are proven ways we can help prevent teen pregnancy, reduce our teens’ chances of getting sexually transmitted infections, and help ensure that they lead healthy and rewarding lives. So let’s get talking.

Additional Resources

The Talk Show: Using TV to Talk With Your Children About Sex

Let's Talk: Tips for Talking With Your Teen About Sexuality

Talking About Consent and Healthy Relationships at Every Age

Healthy Relationships Bingo

Just the Facts: Teen Sexual Behavior and Parent-Child Communication

Parents and Teens Talk About Sexuality: A National Poll


As parents, we can really help -- it's all about setting expectations, talking with them, and helping them build self esteem.

Puberty can be a challenging time for children and their parents. Families who know what to expect and who talk about puberty together will find this time easier.

Whether you're just starting the discussion or helping your sexually active teen, we have plenty of tools to keep you in the know.

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Tools for Parents