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Parents and kids need to have the birds-and-the-bees talk sooner than we thought

Dec 16th 2009
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Kids, we need to talk...

"Kids, we need to talk..."

Parents underestimate kids these days when it comes to sex.

But in the latest study published in the January issue of Pediatrics,

researchers have found out that “the level of sexual activity in many kids has moved up in terms of initiation. It’s younger,”

according to Alan Hilfer, director of psychology at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City.

In fact, they found out that “More than 40 percent of adolescents are having intercourse before parents have talked to them about STD symptoms, condom use, choosing birth control and what to do if your partner refuses to use a condom,” said study author Megan Beckett, a social scientist with the Rand Corp. in Santa Monica, Calif. “That’s a pretty large number.”

In our present society where info on the subject is readily available through the net and through media, these findings are not surprising. In fact, we don’t need to get too far – kids see how their pets procreate at times. Shall we wait for other people to educate or misinform these kids? We really need to educate them early.

See the birds and the bees?

"See the birds and the bees?"

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