The Importance of Safe Sex With Teenagers
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Quindlen, Anna. "Sex Ed." The McGraw-Hill Reader 11th Ed. Gilbert H. Muller. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2013. 275-277. Print.

           Anna Quindlen sat down with a bunch of teenage girls, 16 years of age, and heard what they had to say about sexual facts. She was surprise to hear how much they had to say. She thinks that sexual education in schools are a good thing. She looks at it as she wants her son to know all the facts on how a person gets pregnant. Teenagers do not think about the future, in that moment they only think about what is currently happening. They don't think about the consequences of there actions down the road. Guys think that condoms are stupid because they are not as pleasurable and girls think birth control is not great because they could gain weight or give them a stroke. These are all excuses to not have responsible sex. Parents sometimes do not always know all the facts to safe sexual activity, new upgrades come out all the time. By letting the school teach them how to be responsible, teenagers can learn to be safe and most importantly, healthy.

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Parenting Tips: Talking About Sex, Helping Your Sexually Active Teen Be Safe - Planned Parenthood - YouTube

Parents - By the age of 19, seven out of 10 teens have had sexual intercourse. As a parent, we need to be as loving as possible when we learn or suspect that...
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"Parenting Tips: Talking About Sex, Helping Your sexually Active Teen Be Safe-Planned Parenthood." Youtube. Video. 2 Oct. 2012. Web. 5 Apr. 2014.

          When a parent wants their child to be safe, they simply can talk to them about practicing safe sex. A parent just needs to lean into the conversation easily and make their way to talking to them without seeming mad. A teenager is willing to talk if it is not a lecture or a typical 'waving of the finger'. Insuring the child that you are not mad about them having sex can really help them talk to you later on in the situation. Making them feel like you are disappointed in them is never a good path way to go if you want to talk to them about safe sex. Talking to them about birth control and condoms can be a good way to help them feel like you care without being mad at them for the decision they are making. Creating this kind of relationship can help them connect with you and make a bond with you. After a bond is made, teenagers can go to their parents with any questions on their sexual activity and this helps them be more safe with sex. In this case, communication is key. The key to helping your teenager be safe with their sexual activity.  

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TV Writers Script Safe Sex 'Product Placement'

TV Writers Script Safe Sex 'Product Placement' | The Importance of Safe Sex With Teenagers | Scoop.it
For an egregious example of a silly product placement, look no further than the CW show The Vampire Diaries, where a character actually says "I Bing&
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Ulaby, Neda. "The Vampire Diaries." NHPR.com. Public Radio, 6 Sep. 2012.

         This television show has an episode that shows a teenage mom finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman. She states how she is going to seek revenge by being the 'ghost of his teen pregnancy future'. This talks about teenage pregnancy, but in a joking manner. Although this matter is nothing to joke about, it does brighten up the situation on teenage pregnancy. It is very serious to try your best on being safe so you do not have to have a 'ghost of teen pregnancy'. This shows guys that there is something that can happen after just laying in bed with a girl and not thinking about the consequences. It is good to have a show out that shows the consequences of what happens when you are not responsible in sexual activity, especially with a way that teenagers can understand it. Teenagers watch television and this way could be the new way to show how safe sex should be practiced. Much like a parent talking to a teenager or schools having sexual educational classes. Television may be the new way to get the idea of teenagers being responsible for there actions.

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No sex or safe sex? Mothers’ and adolescents’ discussions about sexuality and AIDS/HIV

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Eva S. Leffkowitz, Tanya L. Boone, Terry Kit-fong Au, and Marian Sigman. "No Sex or Safe Sex? Mothers' and Adolescents' Discussions About Sexuality and AIDS/HIV." Oxford Journals. (2001): n. pag. Web. 6 Apr. 2014.

          The discussion about whether a teenager should have safe sex or no sex at all is a huge debate. Everyone tells parents to just talk to their kids about having sex, otherwise known as the 'sex talk'. But what exactly does the sex talk involve? Either abstinence or safe sex. A parent should talk about how they feel on the topic of their kid waiting to have sex, but at the same time they should also teach their kid about the education of having safe sex incase they ever decided to take the route of having sex at a young age. In doing so, parents are helping their kids from the risk of disease or teenage pregnancy. Teenagers are going to decide for themselves on what they are going to do. Having a good relationship with them can reassure that your teenager will come to you with any questions about being safe with pregnancy. Having that relationship where you can discussing safe sex and also abstinence can help your child be safe. Also, it can give you both the opportunity to be open with each other and the teenager feel like they can come to you with any questions on safe sex. Being open with each other can be a positive reaction to both of your communication skills towards each other.

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Teens warned on safe sex as infections rise

Teens warned on safe sex as infections rise | The Importance of Safe Sex With Teenagers | Scoop.it

The srticle is about helping teenagers and young adults with the safe sex problem. They have started a campaign called "Get tested, play safe". They think that this will help with the spread of the disease and maybe even stop it. They are also talking about the increase of the disease in the past year. 

This artile is very helpful 


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"Teens Warned on Safe Sex as Infections Rise." Article. The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 Aug. 2009. Web. 2 April 2014.

          Most teenagers become active within the age of 14. They also don't know much about sex and what they are dealing with. Oral sex can spread disease just like unprotected intercourse. Sexual Transmitted Infection, also known as STI, can be spread fast. Although it is not an AID or HIV, a STI can still cause damage for fertility later on in your life. Every time you change up a new sex partner, get checked for any disease and keep your body healthy. Using a condom can reassure a person no disease. Any sexual activity may cause a disease so be very careful what you do. Sexually Transmitted Infection can show up later on in life so there is no telling if you have gotten it right away. HIV rates have gone down from 412 in 2003 to 322 in 2013. Although that seems like a lot, no one really knows if those numbers are accurate because someone could have a disease but not show any symptoms until later. Safe sex is important to practice so a person will not end up with a disease.

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Sex survey points to teenagers who are wise

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Teenagers in the US are more safe-sex-conscious than boomers.

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"Sex Survey Points to Teenagers Who Are Wise." Article. The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 Aug. 2009. Web 2 April 2014.

       In the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Americans took a survey on the usage of condoms. This survey showed that American's used commons more than the thinkable usage. This proves how condoms are used more than we think. Teenagers are practicing safe sex more often these days. 79% of the boys who took the survey are practicing safe sex with a condom, that includes ages 14-17. Also in this survey, it showed that African American and Hispanic men use condoms more often then White men. Researches suggest that AIDS and other diseases are going to be spread more in White population. When a person decides to not wear a condom, they aren't just protecting themselves from having a child, they are also protecting themselves from disease. Practicing safe sex with a partner can help with your health as much as theirs. All races should practice the safety of sexual activity.

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Safe Sex

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Many Teens Believe Oral Sex is Safe Sex. Red Orbit., 21 Jan. 2009. Web. 5 Apr. 2014.

           Teenagers should be excited about practicing safe sex. Instead of complaining about putting a condom on, be happy that you are not only saving yourself from a baby but also saving yourself from diseases. In this picture, the teenager is happy about safe sex. She is promoting it, happily. All teenagers should not look at safe sex as a downer, they should be happy to keep there body safe. She is also holding a condom. Condoms protect a person not only from having a baby but also from disease. This young lady is a remodel for all teenagers in the world.

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What A Small Town's Teen Pregnancy Turnaround Can Teach The U.S.

What A Small Town's Teen Pregnancy Turnaround Can Teach The U.S. | The Importance of Safe Sex With Teenagers | Scoop.it
Denmark, S.C., once had one of the state's highest teen pregnancy rates, but in the past 30 years, sex education programs have helped lower that rate to one of the state's lowest.
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NPR Staff. Interview with Michelle Nimmons. NPR. Spring 2014. Web.

           Denmark, SC had one of the highest teen pregnancy rates for the little town. This was 30 years ago. Even though the numbers have decreased, the United States still had one of the biggest numbers of teenage pregnancies. Denmark now has one of the lowest rates of pregnancy and has sexual education starting from middle school. The change it get sexual education was no easy battle and they fought hard to get the system in their schools. "'Remember, South Carolina is the Bible Belt ... [and] churches are the central focus of the community," Nimmons says. "We had to convince parents that we were really just wanting to reinforce the values that they were teaching in their homes'". Nimmons is trying to say that now that Denmark finally has sexual education in there school system, now the rates of teenage pregnancy are going down. Teenagers realize how important safe sex is and start practicing it when they are taught the correct way to be safe. They also learn the consequences of not having safe sex. Teenagers are getting education on safe sex and its helping.

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Safe Sex | PKIDs Blog

Safe Sex | PKIDs Blog | The Importance of Safe Sex With Teenagers | Scoop.it
Posts about Safe Sex written by pkids
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"Safe Sex" Pkids.org. N.p., 27 Sep. 2010. Web. 5 Apr. 2014.

           The PKIDS blog is a blog cite about parents with kids who have infectious diseases. They blog about how they feel on safe sex and the importance of it. In the blog 'Safe Sex Can (Still) Save the World', it tells about how back then the way they saw AIDs is different then how we see AIDS these days. Back then they looked at disease as if it was a death sentence. By making diseases seem like a death sentence, it had everyone reaching for condoms and being as safe as they could to prevent disease. The pictures today are not nearly as scary as a 'death sentence'. Now that this century knows you can live past AIDs, they take practicing safe sex a whole less serious. This generation thinks safe sex is the thing of the past. We need to make this a thing of the present and the future. Always get tested and practice safe sex.

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Teenagers should be given the facts on safe sex when they're in school - Irish Independent

Teenagers should be given the facts on safe sex when they're in school - Irish Independent | The Importance of Safe Sex With Teenagers | Scoop.it
Irish Independent Teenagers should be given the facts on safe sex when they're in school Irish Independent Educating teenagers on the subject of sex, sexuality and relationships can be an awkward task but it is undoubtedly one of life's most...
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Byrne, Clive. "Teenagers Should Be Given the Facts on Safe Sex When They're in School." Irish Independent. Independent Media Group, 05 Mar. 2014. Web. 2 April 2014.

              The debate on if parents should talk to there child about safe sex or if it should be taught in school is a huge debate. When a parent gets uncomfortable and has no way of explaining the 'birds and the bees', then they have the school to help them explain it better. Also, if a parent has talked to their child and would like someone else to explain to their child so the child gets plenty of resources, then they can depend on the school to be on there side about safe sex. The idea of having a sexual education class in school is help lower the risk of teenage pregnancy and the spreading of disease. Whether society likes it or not, teenagers are going to have sex. Talking to them about safe sex would be better than not talking to them at all and pretending that they aren't having sex. "One-in-four teenagers aged 15 to 17 has done so, according to the most recent report by the Health Behavior in School-aged Children". Teenagers should understand the importance of safe sex and learn to practice it. Even when parents fail to talk to their children about sexual activity, the school can always help provide the information that the parents have failed to explain.

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