While parents may avoid having this talk, kids actually see their parents as go-to sources of information and support for these issues. Don’t let gender, sex, and sexuality become off-limits topics in your home.
Research by Georgetown University found that knowledge gaps among very young adolescents (ages 10-14) may lead to poor sexual and reproductive health once they become adults. The experts recommend investing in sexual and reproductive health programs and policies targeting these youngsters:
As younger adolescents experience rapid transitions to unfamiliar experiences and face life-changing situations such as leaving school, having sex, becoming parents or acquiring HIV, parents, teachers and concerned others have a narrow window of opportunity to facilitate their healthy transition into later adolescence and adulthood.
Check out these tips for talking to kids about sex from trusted sex educator and recent kid, Laci Green:
Reference: Igras SM, Macieira M, Murphy E, Lundgren R. Investing in very young adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health. Glob Public Health 2014;9:555-69. [link]