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Supervision is Key

Published: December 13, 2012

We all know that teen pregnancy and STD rates are a problem, but what can you, as a parent, do to help?

One effective way is through supervision. Taking certain measures like knowing where your kids are and who they are with when they aren't at home can go a long way toward determining a child's likely sexual behavior.

For instance, a recent study suggests that a teens' relationship with their fathers can influence when they have sex for the first time. Those who have a close relationship with a father who discourages teen sex are more likely to wait to have sex.

Knowing who your teens are hanging around and what they are doing can help you, as a parent, keep your teen from finding themselves in situations where they might make poor choices when it comes to sex. As such, supervision is a key element to preventing teen pregnancy and STDs.

Visit the How to Talk to Your Teens About Sex page on our website for more information on how to have the conversation with your child.


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