Posts Tagged ‘teens and sex’

Hey, Doc — Can You Talk With My Kid About Sex?

Monday, October 18th, 2010

When we bring our wanna-be-teen and teenage kids to the doctor for routine check-ups, many of us are hoping our kid’s doctor or nurse practitioner will do more than just check blood pressure, listen to our child’s heart and keep the vaccination record up to date.

We also want the doctor to talk with our kids about sex, diet, drug abuse and smoking, says a report from the University of Michigan.

The poll — which asked parents of 11- to 17-year-old kids to rate 18 health-related topics for healthcare providers to address during an adolescent’s routine check-up — found that diet/nutrition, exercise/sports and the physical changes of puberty were the overall top three issues parents want discussed, followed by drugs, tobacco, sexually transmitted diseases and depression/suicide.

Doctors have heard it all, and they know how to talk with teens and pre-teens about these potentially touchy topics. So if there’s something on your mind that you’d like your child’s doctor to discuss during an upcoming office visit, call her in advance and let her know.

Have you had any situations where your pediatrician talked with your child about these subjects? Do you wish your pediatrician would bring up these things during a visit?

Sexy Avatars Can Lead to Trouble for Teen Girls

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Heads up, parents of teen girls.

A new study shows that girls who would depict themselves online in a provocative way, and girls with a history of child abuse, are more likely to receive online sexual advances — and then meet those individuals offline.

Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center studied girls between ages 14 and 17. Each was asked to create an avatar — an electronic image to represent herself — and to then complete a questionnaire regarding her computer and Internet usage, sexual attitudes and other factors.

Forty percent of the 173 girls in the study reported experiencing online sexual advances, and 26 percent reported meeting someone in person whom they first met online. Those who had depicted themselves as provocative in terms of body and clothing choices were more likely to have had online sexual advances.

Do you know how your daughter is presenting herself online? Have you talked with her about sexual predators who look for teen girls online?