The Resources You Need to Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Let’s face it: It’s tough to talk to teens about sex. Not to mention awkward and uncomfortable—for both of you. While it may be easier to ignore it, the reality is some teens are going to face serious decisions about sex.
Today is a day dedicated to helping them make informed decisions. It’s the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy! Choices and our friends at The National Campaign want to help you prepare your teens with what to do when they’re caught in the heat of the moment—before they’re actually in it.
Every day, more than 1,500 teens girls in the U.S. become pregnant. Roughly 1 in 4 girls will become pregnant at least once by age 20. Each year, nearly 275,000 babies are born to teen mothers. Those are some scary stats…
There is some good news, though: Teen pregnancy and births are down by 50 percent since the ‘90s. But we can still do better. There are lots of strategies teachers and parents can introduce to help teenagers prevent pregnancy. Here are some ways to take action:
• Have teens read our “Kids With Kids” article and discuss. Learning about other teenagers’ experiences with having a child may help puts things in perspective. It can be a lot more effective to hear it from real teens just like them and a great way to open up the conversation.
• Check out our brand new sex education resources. It’s packed with everything teens need to know about birth control.
• Ask teenagers to take the National Day to Prevent Pregnancy Quiz. It’s super fun and informative.
• Study up on the National Campaign’s tips for talking to your teen about sex.
Even though you may want the conversation to be over before it starts, try to keep an open mind, listen to your teen, and encourage them to speak honestly. This conversation could help save them from a more difficult one later on.