For Parents/Caring Adults

For parents and adults who care for teens, technology has made life easier in some ways — and much more challenging in others. Mobile phones, iPads and other devices can help with communication and family life. On the other hand — literally in your hand! — these devices provide around-the-clock access to social media, sexting, cyber-bullying, unlimited information and “virtual” relationships with total strangers. They can make parenting and protecting a teenager a tough job. Here are some resources that might help.

HHS/Office of Adolescent Health has simple tips that help parents identify and prepare for “teachable moments.”

Kids Health has information parents can trust about kids and teens. It is free of “doctor speak” and is one of the most visited websites for information about health, behavior and development, from birth through the teen years. The site has separate sections for Parents, Kids, Teens and Educators.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy provides suggestions and resources. Its purpose is to prepare parents for conversations with their children about healthy relationships, sex, pregnancy and handling difficult situations before they arise.

The Parent’s Sex Ed Center is sponsored by Advocates for Youth, a leader in helping young people make informed, responsible decisions about reproductive and sexual health. Advocates help parents and other caring adults promote a positive approach to helping young people make informed, responsible decisions about their sexual health.

Parent Further uses a positive, strength-based approach to parenting. It focuses on what’s right with kids (and parents), emphasizing the small, everyday steps that parents can take to help kids be successful in the future.

Talking Back: What Teens Want Adults to Know About Teen Pregnancy shares answers gathered by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. It publishes responses from teens across the country who were asked a simple question: “If you could give your parents or other important adults advice about how to help you and your friends avoid pregnancy, what would it be?”

Talking with Kids About Tough Issues is a national initiative of Children Now and the Kaiser Family Foundation. It encourages parents to talk with their children earlier and more often about tough issues like sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, alcohol and drug abuse.

Ten Tips for Parents, from Healthy Teens OK!, provides a quick list of suggestions for parents in a one-page, downloadable format. (NOTE: The publication for this link has been sent as a PDF, attached to the email with this document.)