I'm here with Claudia Blackburn of the Sedgwick County Health Department
does anyone have any questions or comments?
based on what experts and parents have told me, that's really up to the parents.
The best age is early childhood. Talking about sex and sexuality should be a normal part of family conversation.
I understand that it's important to know about what's appropriate and what isn't early on
Parents can start by using proper terminology when referring to body parts and giving a simple, accurate explanation of the function of those body parts.
thenationalcampaign.org has a great parent module and gives tips on how to initiate conversations with your child.
every internet browser has parental control that can help block pornographic websites
@Jody Have open discussion, talk about what's important
in a loving, healthy relationship. Talk about the differences between sex and love.
@Jody Only a small percentage of kids seek pornography on purpose. Most leave the site quickly, which is an appropriate response.
that's an interesting question, @Adam...Claudia what do you think is a big mistake parents make
@Jody If you are concerned about your child viewing pornography, choose to remain calm, be frank and up front, explain the dangers, let them know they have rules about what they can access on line and that you'll be monitoring their behavior. Familiarize yourself with Internet guidelines for parents and achronyms for on-line communication.
@AdamC Biggest mistake is avoiding the subject and not being prepared. Overreacting to questions or discoveries.and scaring the child away is also a big mistake.
that seems like it makes sense, it sounds like parents should do what they can to avoid talking down to kids
@WichitaSam, are you asking for advice teens should get when it comes to asking their parents a question ?
@WichitaSam Remember that your parents may be as uncomfortable as you are about this subject so try watching a TV show together, such as Sixteen and Pregnant or Teen Mom as an icebreaker. Talk about about what you're learning in school during your sex education course.
@sam, I think i was surprised by how mature the teens I talked to were about the subject. They really understood the importance of talking with their parents about what it is they're learning about sex education
ok, are there any other questions?
ok, well, i'd like say a big thank you to claudia blackburn for joining us this evening
if you have any more questions, please feel free to email me and i'll get it answered as quickly as possible
@droberts Thank you Dave. Alyson Taylor RN from the Healthy Babies program has been assisting as well. Great questions!