Research shows that teens are more sexually active than parents think. By the time they are 19, seven out of ten teens have had sex. Two thousand teens get pregnant in the U.S. every day. Teens have very high rates of sexually transmitted infections.
Parents really can make a difference by talking with their kids, building strong relationships with them, encouraging them to practice abstinence and set clear expectations and boundaries for their relationships. These are proven ways we can help prevent teen pregnancy, the spread of STDs, and help ensure that they live the best lives possible.