at PPLM we are pleased to have another opportunity to discuss the importance of
the role of parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children. The news coverage of the Provincetown plan
provides parents a vehicle to discuss issues of sexuality with their kids. One of the best strategies for continuing the
dialogue with your children about sexual issues is to use news items to get
your values across to your children and to use it as an opening to hear what
they are thinking.
regard to this particular news story, the talking points with your middle
schooler may include:
- The role of schools in keeping students safe and
that the school committee was acting out of their desire to protect their
- Your values regarding when it is appropriate to
engage in sexual activity.
- Your wish that when your child finally feels
that they are ready to engage in sexual activity that they do so in a safe
studies, youth say that their parents are the preferred source of information
on sex, relationships and sexual health.
Furthermore, research indicates that youth who have not talked with a
parent or trusted adult engage in higher risk-taking behavior.
we always like to remind you, the time to start talking to your children is now
wonderful resources include: