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Parents of Teens: Know Your Children and Their Friends

Published: January 16, 2013

Parents, in the past we’ve covered that sharing your values, keeping close supervision and being an involved parent are helpful in preventing teen pregnancy and STDs.

Another key element in preventing your teen from engaging in risky sexual behavior is to know your child and his or her friends. This goes hand-in-hand with supervision and can help with other aspects of parenting, outside of just preventing teen pregnancy and STDs. Knowing your child is part of being an involved parent and can help you identify whether your teen might be engaging in risky sexual behavior.

It is also important to know your child’s friends, as well. Getting familiar with your teen’s friends not only gives insight as to who they are hanging out with, it can also tell you about your own child.

For more tips on parenting teens, check out the Parenting Tips section of our website or the Parents of Teens category on our blog.


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