As a parent you are the single most significant influence in the development of your teens:
:: and sexual decision-making
You, like many other parents, want the best for your teen and it is important to help teens confront the dangers facing them today. Many of those dangers are very different from the ones you faced as a teen. YOU are the BEST person to help your teen deal with the pressure and dangers they face in today’s society.
At Age 13: Kissing
By Age 18:
60% have had sex
25% of sexually active teens have an STD
20% of girls will have been pregnant
(Info taken directly from Choosing the Best… Parent Training Program)
Among those 15 to 17-year olds who are not sexually active, 64 percent said that the major reason they decided to wait was because of what their parents might think.
Up to 80 percent of these same teens said that parents influenced their decision making about sex and relationships.
Another study found that parents were three times more influential than friends in a teen’s life.
In fact, 46 percent of teens see a family member as a role model.
When asked to rank 14 sources of influence that helped teens decide between right and wrong, teens listed parents as being the most influential.
(Statistics from Parents, Teens and SEX-The Big Talk Book)