One area that should receive particular attention is “urban myths” — bits of false information that “everyone” knows, passed along from adolescent to adolescent (and even from generation to generation: Don’t be surprised to find that your child has heard some of the same myths and misinformation that circulated during your adolescence).
Perhaps start with how sexuality is portrayed in the media and, far more importantly, how it “works” in real life — the potentially bad consequences and catastrophes than can be a result of sexual activity, as well as the pleasure and positive results of responsible sexuality (remember: the job here is to be honest.) “You see a character in a TV show who’s made a decision with regard to sex,” Dr. “Start the discussion there, but don’t make it your soapbox.(3) Demographic (Population) numbers are based on data from the Wearable technology is currently a hot topic and the interest in this sector continues to grow.It will transform many sectors of society and the economy.“It’s very important to get the facts straight from the start, and share those facts with your child,” says Dr. “That builds trust, and that trust is critical to guiding your adolescent through these challenging times.”In particular, be specific and accurate about the risks or pregnancy, the effectiveness (and limitations) of different types of birth control, and the variety of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and their effects.(See “Helpful Resources” at the bottom of this page for reliable resources of information on these subjects.)One key area to emphasize is that no one has the right to pressure your daughter or son to have sex.You can start by discussing decisions and consequences that don’t involve sex, and then move the conversation toward sexuality. By engaging the child and building his self-esteem and her confi dence in her ability to make judgments, you’re showing him that you respect what he’s learning and how she’s growing in her decision-making.”After all, however adult their appearance, behavior, and attitudes may appear, adolescents remain closer to childhood than adulthood, and children need ongoing parental guidance to prepare for adulthood.After all, there are consequences to having sex or not having sex, and every child is going to get a lot of misinformation along the way from their peers and the media.”The pressures upon children — from peers and also the media as mentioned above — may actually offer one of the most effective pathways to opening what must be an ongoing dialogue about sex and sexuality, not a single talk or lecture. It’s good to turn these encounters with the media into teachable moments.“Seeing something in the media that is obviously sexually charged can be a springboard for conversation between adolescent and parent,” says Dr. “I know it’s a lot of work, but parents need to monitor what their children see and be there, available to them, to provide some context,” says Dr. “Find out what’s in the movie, what’s in the program, what’s on that Internet site before you let your child see or hear.Carefully preparing children for the normal changes in their bodies as well as the endless assault of peer pressure, media glorification of irresponsible sexuality, and advertising come-ons is the only way to create a sense of security for parents and children alike.The only foolproof approach to sexual safety, of course, is to say “no” and defer sexual activity until later in life.Break the Cycle is proud to have been granted the Love is Not Abuse campaign from Fifth and Pacific (formerly Liz Claiborne, Inc.).It is thus with great pleasure that we present their years of hard work and research excellence: finds that a significant majority of corporate executives and their employees from the nation's largest companies recognize the harmful and extensive impact of domestic violence in the workplace, yet only 13% of corporate executives think their companies should address the problem.