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Talking about sex - parents and teenagers

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Young people learn about sex, sexuality and relationships from lots of different sources. They need balanced and accurate information that helps them to make informed choices, rather than be pressured by others.

Parents convey very important messages to young people though their attitudes and behaviour, whether they talk about sex or not. When you talk with young people about these things, it can strengthen your relationship and help them work out their values.

Importantly, young people learn they can talk with you about sensitive things.

More information

For more about this have a look at the Parent Easy Guide developed by Parenting SA

Parenting SA is a partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network South Australia.   

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There are many books for parents and for young people. Have a look through ones in your local library or book store to see if there are ones that will help you and your teenager.

For young people

Kids Helpline Phone 1800 55 1800
Counselling for children and young people 5 to 25 years anytime

Reach Out Information for young people on sex and relationships

For families

Phone 1800 737 732
Sexual assault, family violence, counselling

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.

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