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The majority of young people don't have sex before 16.
Those who do are much more likely to regret it and not use contraception.
Talking with their parents helps young people to feel safer and less anxious, allowing them to make up their own minds about the choices they take.
It does not mean that you are encouraging your children to have sex.Teenagers who talk to their parents about these issues are more likely to be responsible in their relationships and to wait longer to have sex for the first time. Teenagers learn about sex and relationships in many ways - from their friends, television or the internet.The different messages they hear can be confusing and that is why it’s important for parents to give their teenagers the chance to talk about what they know, or don't know and what choices they have, whatever their own views are.It's very important for boys and girls to think about what pregnancy means and to know about condoms so they feel confident enough to insist that a condom is used, and comfortable enough to get them from the clinic or the chemist themselves.Young people need to know how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STI) as well as pregnancy.
Be reassuring, start the conversation at a time when you are both relaxed and getting on okay, not during an argument or when either of you are feeling annoyed about something. If they don't seem ready to talk, don't start nagging or laying down the law.