Parents Talking with Their Kids About Sex, But Often Not Tackling More Difficult Issues
Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley Highlights October’s Let’s Talk Month
Middletown, NY — Eighty-two percent of parents have talked to their children about topics related to sex and sexuality, according to a recent poll. However, when it comes to the tougher, more complicated topics, many adolescents are not getting the support they need to delay sex and prevent pregnancy.
The national poll, “Let’s Talk: Are Parents Tackling Crucial Conversations about Sex?” shows that parents talk to their kids about a wide range of sexuality-related topics, including relationships (92 percent) and their own values about when sex should or should not take place (87 percent).
However, fewer parents are talking with their kids about tougher, more complicated topics. Only 74 percent are talking about how to say no to sex, and while 94 percent believe they are influential in whether their child uses condoms or other forms of birth control, only 60 percent are talking with their children about birth control.
“Parents often say to me, ‘I take all of the pamphlets I can find about sex, STI’s and birth control and I leave them on my teen’s bed. I hope that they read them, because I have no idea what to tell them,’” said Jessie Kowalczik, a Planned Parenthood Health Educator. “That’s why Let’s Talk Month is so important. We can help parents in the mid-Hudson valley lay the groundwork early and talk to their kids often and openly.”
This new finding underscores the importance of October’s Let’s Talk Month, which encourages parents to talk to their children about sex and sexual health. As part of Let’s Talk Month, Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley will be hosting free parenting workshops on how to talk about sexting and birth control options at the Port Jervis Library on October 20th 6:30–8:30 PM, 138 Pike St., Port Jervis, NY and October 25th 6:30-8:00 PM at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, 312-393 S. William St., Newburgh, NY. Call Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley’s Education Office at 845-838-1200 ext. 103 to reserve your seat.
Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley (PPMHV) is a non-profit organization that has been providing comprehensive reproductive health care services in 6 health centers in Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan and Orange Counties for nearly 80 years. In 2010, PPMHV provided services to over 20,000 patients. PPMHV works to preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual; advocates public policies which guarantee these rights and ensures access to such services and provides educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality. PPMHV is headquartered in Poughkeepsie, NY. For more information about PPMHV services and programs, visit www.ppmhv.org. Like us on Facebook and follow our Action Fund on Twitter.
Tiffany Card, Public Affairs Manager
(845) 838-1200 ext. 114
October 17, 2011