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How (and why) should we talk to teenagers about sex?

High school is an overwhelming and challenging time for everyone, including you as an educator. As adolescents, your students’ bodies are changing. They are starting to make their own decisions. Many students are engaging in their first sexual experiences and relationships. It doesn’t make it any easier that almost every single media outlet is telling them how they should think and behave. 

This is where you come in. As administrators and teachers, you have the unique position and opportunity to prepare students for the real world beyond textbooks and exams. You have a platform to teach young adults about emotional and sexual intelligence. Comprehensive sex education is proven to delay sexual debut, and it sets students up with the proper tools to navigate healthy relationships, understand and respect boundaries, and gain autonomy over their bodies. This is critical for adolescent development in its application toward learning effective communication skills, improving self esteem and confidence, and fostering inclusive educational environments.

The average age young people in the US have sex for the first time is 17. By age 20, over 70% of adolescents have had sex. You hear students discussing parties in the hallways, you see relationships blooming in cafeterias and on the dance floor during winter formal, so why not empower them to make thoughtful decisions that best reflect their values?

Who knows better than you that "knowledge is power"? Knowledge facilitates meaningful, imperative conversations and informed decision making. The restriction of accurate health education leads to misinformation from peers, the Internet, the latest Top 40's hit, and/or popular Netflix show. Sex education should not be left up to chance; the consequences are just too great. Choose Tabú Edu to help create a safe space in your school where your students feel comfortable asking questions, and can rely on trustworthy, judgement-free answers. Better yet, with our training and guides, your educators will feel empowered to navigate these delicate (but crucial) conversations.