|Press Release: Can We Talk? This October Advocates for Youth Sponsors ‘Let’s Talk Month’ To Encourage Parent/Child Communication About Sexual Health|
Washington D.C., – Parents are the first and most important sexual health educators in their children’s lives. However, not all parents are comfortable with or have the resources to discuss sexual health with their children. Often, parents want to talk to their son or daughter about this issue, but are afraid that they will not have the right answers and do not know where to get them. Sexual development is natural, normal and healthy.
‘Let's Talk Month’ is a national public education campaign celebrated every year in October, coordinated by Advocates for Youth, to help parents and their children navigate a path to a healthy life where young people can make healthy and responsible decisions around sex. ‘Let’s Talk Month’ equips parents with facts, advice and tips so parents can take advantage of the teachable moments that occur every day. Watching a TV show, the birth of a child, or a song with suggestive sexual lyrics are all moments parents and their children can use to discuss sexuality and reinforce the family’s values or religious beliefs.
Not only is ‘Let’s Talk Month’ helpful to parents about speaking with their children about sexual health, but it also encourages youth to feel more comfortable about bringing up the topic with their parents on their own. In order for young people to make healthy choices about sex, they have the right to open and honest, age appropropriate information and to have a trusted adult that they can talk to. Studies show that youth whose parents are open and comfortable about sex were less prone to engage in sexual risk behavior. However, there are some parents that don’t want to believe that their child is having sex. The facts tell us that 63% of high school seniors report ever having had sex.
What we really want is to emphasize the importance of continuous communication between adults and youth,” said Barbara Huberman, Director of Education and Outreach at Advocates. “Family sexuality education is a process; it should never be just a onetime “talk”. Parents and their children should have many conversations about sexual health that are age appropriate and timely. When your children are younger you can teach them about their bodies and the names of body parts and when your child approaches the teen years you should have conversations about contraception and relationships.”
Advocates for Youth has taken the initiative to create brochures, fact sheets, posters and calendars with the important information for parents to communicate with their youth about sex. Advocates has also created a free “Let’s Talk Month” planning guidebook for educators. All materials are available through Advocates’ shop. In addition, throughout the month of October, Advocates will post quick tips on how to be an “askable” parent and other facts on its website, Twitter, and Facebook pages. Parents and their children are encouraged to join the conversation using the hash tag #LetsTalk.
Advocates for Youth is a Washington, D.C., based non-profit that works to ensure young people have the information and services they need to make responsible decisions about their sexual health.