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Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initative


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Teens consistently say parents most influence their decisions about sex but parents don’t believe it and don’t use their power.  There is no substitute for a parent who is “on duty”, ready to teach their children about sex, love and relationships and to offer guidance about expected sexual behavior.  However, parents need help too.  The information within this section will guide parents through what they say, how to say it and when to start.  The main theme is “Start early and often”.  Various resources are also available for the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.

Related links to help in communicating with your teen.

 Families Are Talking

Website Address:  http://www.familiesaretalking.org

The Family Project, which includes the Families Are Talking Website and newsletter, is a project of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).  This project is designed to empower parents and caregivers to communicate with their children about sexuality-related issues, to provide tools to help families communicate about these issues, and to encourage parents, caregivers, and young people to become advocates on the local, state, and national levels for sexuality-related issues including comprehensive sexuality education programs in the schools.


Website Address:  http://www.4parents.gov

4Parents.gov is part of a new national public education campaign designed to provide parents with the information, tools, and skills they need to help their teens make the healthiest choices.

 Talking with Kids About Tough Issues

Website Address:  http://www.talkingwithkids.org

Provides information to encourage parents and caregivers to talk with their children earlier and more often about tough issues like sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, alcohol, and drug abuse. The site was developed and is maintained by Children Now and The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

The PowerPoint presentation below was designed to make sure parents have the facts and statistics before they approach their teen about self-esteem, puberty and sexuality, mixed messages and peer pressure. 


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