teen sex 

Do Middle Schoolers' Bracelets Show Off More Than Style?

Schools worry that kids are using bracelets to advertise sexual activity. Credit: Jupiterimages
Most parents know that life gets more difficult as the kids get older. But did you know that sex starts as early as middle school? That's what...

Would You Give Condoms to Your 14-Year-Old?

School isn't the only place where sex education is a dilemma. Most parents would like their children to remain abstinent throughout their teens, but worry that withholding information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases will lead to...

Teen "Sexting" Isn't All That Dangerous

Texting naked photos of yourself is stupid, but it's not the most problematic thing kids are doing online. For most teens, cyberbullying is a far bigger problem. When I was a teenager, our parents worried that we were having sex, but they didn't...

Teens Who Skip Breakfast More Likely To Have Sex Earlier

You know that business about breakfast being the most important meal of the day? You probably heard it as a child and are now repeating it to your own child. Good for you! Breakfast is important . Studies show that kids who skip the morning meal are...

Teen Mother Told To Keep Quiet About Other Boys

The girlfriend of underage dad Alfie Patten, Chantelle Stedman, was instructed by her own mother to tell the British press that the 13-year-old schoolboy was the father of her new baby, despite the fact that this might not be true, according to The...

Mom gets teen to behave by giving her cigarettes

My husband and I like to joke that the foundation of good parenting is bribery. Want the kids to clean their rooms, or sort the laundry, or just play nicely for a while? Offer a bribe! We're kidding, and even when we're not the bribe at our house is...

Harry Potter and Britney's mom dish about sex

In a week when teen sex is on everyone's mind come these two stories: Daniel Radcliffe (you know, Harry Potter) tells Details magazine that he lost his virginity at 16 to an older woman (the age difference, he says, "would freak some people out"),...

Pregnancy pact principal resigns

Remember the so-called pregnancy pact that the principal at Gloucester High School blamed for the unusually high number of teen pregnancies in his school? The pregnancy pact explanation was put forth by Principal Joseph Sullivan during a debate on...

Technicality results in rape charge against 14-year-old girl

A teen girl in Kansas has found herself in a waking nightmare, charged with rape of a thirteen-year-old boy. The girl, who wishes to remain anonymous, was fourteen at the time of the alleged crime and she claims she was the one violated, not the...

Abstinence pants, because chastity belts are so 17th century

As a parent, you hope your child will have the good sense to wait until they are mature (and hopefully, married to the perfect person you've carefully chosen) to become sexually active. Of course, you're also hoping they will one day remember to...

Me, Juno, and Jamie Lynn Spears

This weekend, I rented the Oscar-nominated film, Juno. It's easy to see why this little film generated such buzz. It's funny, smart, and heartwarming. It also brings up the perpetually relevant topic of teens, sex, unplanned pregnancy and the...

Hallmark promotes teen sex

"Roses are red / Violets are blue / you've hit puberty / I'd like to shag you" Okay, no, not really. As far as I know Hallmark does not and would not produce a card with a rhyme like that. They have, however, put out a greeting card that, according...

Judy Blume talks about her banned books

It's the mid-80s, and four or five freshman girls are standing huddled in the center of the mall, near the bookstore. Why? They want to read Judy Blume's Forever, but the rumor is the store manager will kick you out just for asking. Finally, the...

Why do more teens have STDs?

According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in every 4 teenage American girls has a sexually transmitted disease. The CDC study also indicates that nearly half of all African American girls have an STD, while Whites and Hispanics averaged about 20...

Thai police: no sex on Valentine's Day

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day? For us consenting adult couples, this day of love might involve a box of chocolates, a nice dinner out and perhaps a little lovin' later on. For some teens in Thailand, however, you can skip the sentimental stuff...

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