Studies show that teens who feel they can talk with their parents about sex are less likely to engage in high-risk behavior than those who do not feel like they can talk with their parents. At the same time, research demonstrates that most parents do not talk openly with their children about sex. Often this can be attributed to their own discomfort with the topic, and not feeling equipped with accurate information and responses. Many times parents are well-intentioned and want to do their best to talk with their kids about sex and sexuality, but they are not sure how to begin.
At the same time, teenagers report that they want to have honest discussions with their parents about a range of topics, including sexuality, but feel discomfort and awkwardness about how to begin.
Woodbury High School’s Sixth-Annual Teen P.E.P. Family Night provides an opportunity for parents and teens to talk to one another about issues such as privacy, trust, sex, friends and independence. The event begins with thought-provoking skits followed by small group discussion. The overall goal is to decrease some of the fears and discomfort surrounding conversations about sex and sexuality.
Parents who have attended Family Night in the past have indicated that because of their participation, they feel more comfortable talking with their teen about sexuality
WHO: Parents, guardians, teachers and community members
WHEN: February 10, 2010, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Woodbury High School Auditorium
Refreshments will be served!