Parent involvement with children plays an important role in preventing risky behavior. Research shows that teens close to their parents more often remain sexually abstinent, postpone intercourse, have fewer partners and use contraception consistently. Beginning at a young age and continuing throughout adolescence, parents should talk to their children about sexuality.
Parent involvement in their children’s lives and open and honest discussions about love and relationships make a profound difference. Parents need to set a healthy example to demonstrate strong values and beliefs.
Parents (and other adults) should clearly articulate their values and offer guidance to teens about responsible sexual behavior. Teens want to hear from their parents about sex and responsibility–even if they don’t act like it.
Below are some helpful Web sites for parents:
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- National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Tips on how to be involved in your child’s or children’s lives and how to talk with them about sexuality—plus much more.
- Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
Provides practical tools and information to effectively reduce sexual risk-taking behaviors.
- Youth Suicide Prevention
Approximately 75 Oregon youth die by suicide each year making it the second leading cause of death among 10-24 year olds. Over 750 attempts are reported each year. Find out more from this Web site.
- Youth Resource Card (PDF)
State and national resources for youth.
- Parents Anonymous
The nation’s oldest child abuse prevention and treatment organization, dedicated to strengthening families and building caring communities that support safe and nurturing homes for all children.
- Forty Developmental Assets
Search Institute's 40 developmental assets are concrete, common sense, positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people. These assets have the power during critical adolescent years to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.
- Circle of Parents
A network of parent-led self-help groups where parents and caregivers can share ideas, celebrate successes and address the challenges surrounding parenting.
- Oregon Partnership
Know someone with a DRUG or ALCOHOL problem? OP’s mission: "To educate and enable Oregonians to build safe and healthy communities by providing and supporting drug and alcohol prevention education and treatment referral services."
- Become a mentor
Make a difference. Become a hero in your spare time. A little time makes a big difference. Every child needs a hero. And being one is a lot easier than you think.
- Advocates for youth
- SEICUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States)