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Whether young people are sexually active or not, talking about sex in an open and honest way can help them build their own values and feel more confident in making safer choices.
It can be challenging to talk about sex. It’s easy to assume that young people will learn everything they need to know at school, or that they know it all already, but often they don’t.
Teens who can have conversations with their parents or caregivers about sex are more likely to delay having sex, use protection and be more responsible about their sexual behaviour. If they can’t turn to you, they're likely to get their information from the internet, magazines, television, or friends, and that can be inaccurate or even dangerous.
Teens want and need a reliable source of information about sex. Create opportunities to talk about issues around sex openly, honestly, and without judgement. You’ll help them build their own values, feel more confident in making choices about sex, and start thinking about the consequences of their actions.
Family Planning works to promote a positive view of sexuality to enable people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health.
Sex'n'Respect works to create communities free of sexual violence; where young people are enjoying positive, respectful and pleasurable experiences of sexuality and relationships free of pressure, coercion, harm or violence.
Just The Facts provides information about sexually transmitted infections, and where to go for help.
Confidential Helpline: 0800 376 633
Youthline provides free phone, text, and email counselling support. Its website has great information for youth dealing with challenging situations, including useful information for young people about sex