Beyond the Birds and Bees

Springen, Karen
April 2005
Newsweek;4/25/2005, Vol. 145 Issue 17, p61
This article advises parents on how to speak to their children about sex. A few decades ago, many parents were content to let their kids learn about the birds and bees from pals on the playground. These days, smart parents know that straight talk on sex can ease some of the confusion surrounding puberty and help their kids make sound choices later on. Each year in the United States, more than 800,000 girls 19 and younger get pregnant and over 4 million teens contract sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea. Parents shouldn't wait until the junior prom to sit their kids down for The Talk. By then, it may well be too late. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance study, 7.4 percent kids have already had sexual intercourse by the time they turn 13. Instead, experts say, introduce the subject of sex in small doses.


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