Make sure your teen is well aware of the potential consequences of being sexually active.Unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and regret are just a few potential issues.Give your teen a reminder that it's OK to ask a doctor any questions that he might have.Tell your child that he can ask questions or address concerns with you at any time. When there's a movie that involves sexual activity or a news story with an allegation of sexual assault, discuss sexual issues with your teen. If you value abstinence, tell your teen that you don't approve of being sexually active at a young age.Making your opinion known can help her establish her own values and reinforce her choices.During the early grade-school years, children's natural interest in their own bodies starts to give way — at least some of the time — to an increasingly compelling interest in their social world.Your grade-schooler is also exposed to lots of opinions, ideas, and misconceptions that come from other children.
Your child is likely to be on both sides of that equation, the person who needs to ensure full consent, and the person who has the choice of giving consent or not.Age-appropriate terms and descriptions can ensure your child knows how pregnancy occurs and the mechanics of sex.Even if you insulate your child from exposure to sexual content online or in entertainment media, she will hear about from her peers.They're busy trying to make and keep friends and develop their social and physical skills on the playground and ball field. In many grade-schoolers it surfaces only briefly, now and then — just one of many other things they're curious about.
Other children are more consistently curious about sex and demand more detail than before.
Additionally, make sure your teen understands how becoming sexually active is likely to affect his emotions.