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Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes support parents, guardians, and other caregivers in being the primary sexuality educators for their children

Talking to children of all ages about sex, sexuality, and relationships is important to ensure that young people have the information they need to keep themselves safe and healthy. Additionally, we want young people to grow up with healthy attitudes about sexuality in order to develop into sexually healthy adults. We know that parents, guardians, and other caregivers have a critical role in this process, and we are here to help.

When young people can talk to their parents or other trusted adults openly and honestly about sex, sexuality, and relationships, they are more likely to:

  • Understand their own bodies and how they work
  • Receive accurate information, rather than relying on potential misinformation from peers or media
  • Identify sexual abuse, sexual assault, or dating violence, and who to go to for help
  • Communicate effectively with dating partners about boundaries and behavior expectations
  • Delay sexual behaviors
  • Engage in safer sexual behaviors, if and when they do decide to have sex

Having conversations about sexuality and relationships with young people can be hard. Planned Parenthood has great tools to help get you started.