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SEXUAL ACTIVITY

Common Signs

All teenagers face serious decisions regarding sexual choices. Unusual anxiety before or after a date, "sneaking out" to meet friends of the opposite sex or even fear of dating itself, can all indicate concerns or pressure about sexual activity

How To Avoid Problems

Help your teenager make smart choices. Educate your teenager about pregnancy and about sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS. Help him/her understand that sex is not the same thing as affection or love, that sex is a serious decision that carries serious responsibility.

What To Do If You Have Problems

Be certain that your child is informed about birth control, emotional responsibility and sexually transmitted diseases. If your child has an adult friend with whom he/she admires (coach, teacher, etc...) you may wish to enlist that person's help since some may be reluctant to discuss sexual activity with their parents.