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Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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Raising children between the ages of 11-16 is one of the most challenging jobs on earth. This section is designed to help you cope, understand, and communicate more effectively with your teens and pre-teens.

You will find tips on relationships, dating, sexuality, friends, and personal growth and development from many quality sources and unique perspectives.

*PARENT ALERT*

KNOW WHAT "EVIDENCE BASED" REALY MEANS

Over the past several years there has been a social and political movement for school istricts to fund only programs deemed Evidence Based by the federal government. hese programs are 'proven successful'. Our question: Successful at what?

FIND OUT THE ANSWER…...
AND MAKE SURE IT MATCHES WHAT YOU WANT FORYOUR CHILD

Below is a quote from the web site of the Office of Public Health/Office of Adolescent Health (2009), the office that determines which programs are evidence based.

"In total, 28 programs met the funding criteria, reflecting a range of program models and target populations. Of those programs, 20 had evidence of impacts on sexual activity (for example, sexual initiation, number of partners, or frequency of sexual activity), 9 on contraceptive use, 4 on STIs, and 5 on pregnancy or births".

Evidence based programs do not measure or list as an objective increases in the number of abstinent youth, improvements in social or relationship skills, changes to critical thinking or decision making skills, and only 5 /20 have been shown to actually reduce teen births and only 4 impacted the epidemic of sexually transmitted disease.

WHAT DO YOU WANT YOU CHILD LEARNING ABOUT SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS?

Please find out which program is in your district and take a look at the actual content. The 20 programs include:

  • Aban Aya Youth Project
  • All 4 You
  • Assisting in Rehabilitating Kids (ARK)
  • Be Proud! Be Responsible!
  • Becoming a Responsible Teen
  • *Carrera Program
  • *Comprehensive Abstinence and Safer Sex Intervention
  • Draw the Line/Respect the Line
  • FOCUS HIV
  • Keep it Real
  • Making a Difference. Making Proud Choices
  • Horizons It's Your Game
  • *Reducing the Risk
  • Sisters Having Sisters
  • Teen Outreach Program
  • What Could you Do?
  • Riker's Health Advocacy Program
  • Teen Health Project

*These programs are the only ones with either abstinence promotion activities, youth development activities, or communication skills NOT related to birth control.


 

 

Geauga County Teen Pregnancy Statistics

TPP surveys 5 Geauga school districts each year.

During our first 5 years the teen birth rate went down steadily, and age of first intercourse went up. Those numbers have stayed consistent UNTIL NOW.

FACTS:

- The average age of first intercourse for high school juniors has dropped below 15 ½ years old for the first time in 3 years.

- The number of sexually active students has climbed 2 of the past 3 years.

- In the last 2 years there were 17 reported Sexually Transmitted Diseases in our high schools, and 14 pregnancies.

- AND for students who choose to have sex, 44-60% (depending on the school) say that they regret their decision.

What parents need to know and COMMUNICATE:

  1. Only 48% of students nationally have had sex-It is NOT the norm.
  2. Over 9 million teens contract a sexually transmitted disease EACH year.
  3. At least TWO major STD’s can still be contracted when using a condom CORRECTLY.
  4. Most kids regret having sex (65% nationally) whether they get pregnant or not. Reasons: Relationship stress, reputation/rumors, and guilt/hurt in the top 3.
  5. Almost as many guys regret their decision as girls
  6. It’s not about ‘love’. Most teens have sex ‘to impress their friends’, to keep a boyfriend, curiosity, and peer pressure as the top 4.

Sexual decisions are about a lot more than using protection. Give your kids the whole story.

 

Parent Quiz
“FACTS MATTER”

  1. Please mark each statement below as ‘true’ or ‘false’.
  2. Check out your score and the related facts below
  3. COMMUNICATE! Make sure your kids know you want only the BEST for them.

Questions

1)  T    F     Less than half of all high school students (grade 9-12) in the U.S. have ever had sex

2)  T    F     Most kids don’t regret their decision to have sex.

3)  T     F     Sex is a good way for teens to make a relationships better or closer.

4)  T     F     If you use contraception there are no risks to having sex as a teen.

5)  T     F     Most teens choose to have sex because they are in love.

6)  T     F     By the end of middle school only about 10 % of students have chosen to have sex.

7)  T     F     In middle school, kids use parents as a primary source of sexuality information.

8)  T     F     Abstinence is the only 100% guaranteed way to avoid unwanted pregnancy and STD’s.

9)   T    F     Sexual choices now can affect your future marriage and relationships.

 

Quiz

 

“FACTS MATTER”
Parent Factsheet

Less than half of all high school students (grade 9-12) in the U.S. have ever had sex:

TRUE . According to the annual National Youth Risk Behavior Survey 48% of high school students, nationally, have ever had sex. The number has been less than 50% since the early 1990’s.

Most kids don’t regret their decision to have sex:

FALSE. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy surveys over 100,000 youth every year. They state that 72% of girls and boys 55% regret the decision to have sex.

Sex is a good way for teens to make a relationship better or closer:

FALSE. The result is usually increased jealousy, possessiveness and control, or the main focus of the relationship being physical. Emotional and personal intimacy must take place first, and that takes a long time, and two mature people.

If you use contraception there are no risks to having sex as a teen:

FALSE.   Many teens have physical consequences, but most regret their decision for emotional reasons, such as guilt or increased stress. Socially, such as reputation, rumors, or trust of parents.

Most teens choose to have sex because they are in love:

FALSE. Boys number one reason for their decision is to impress their friends. Girls’ is to save a relationship.

By the end of middle school only about 10 % of students have chosen to have sex:

TRUE. In Geauga County, about 5-8% of middle school students report having had sex. But middle school students think 35-50% of their peers have had sex.

In middle school, kids use parents as a primary source of sexuality information:

TRUE. Since 1996 the percentage increased. For 7th graders, 80% report parents as a primary source, 8th grade 75%. The standard parents set IS heard and acted on.

Abstinence is the only 100% guaranteed way to avoid unwanted pregnancy and STD’s:

TRUE: No contraceptive method is 100% safe from pregnancy or STDs.  And none can protect your reputation, relationship or values.

Sexual choices now can affect your future marriage and relationships.

TRUE. Relationship habits form very early. When a physical relationship is substituted for communication, fun, or friendship, the chances of having meaningful and permanent relationships in the future decreases.

 

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