Teen years are a time where your child may start exploring their sexuality. If your teen is starting to engage in sexual activity, there's an increased risk of infections and pregnancy.
Sexually transmitted infections while preventable, can cause life-long complications if contracted. As a parent or caregiver, it's important to talk to your child about the responsibilities of engaging in sexual activity.
Talk to your Child about Sex
Being open and honest about sex and sexuality with your child can help dispel many myths. It can be an uncomfortable conversation, but it will go a long way to helping your child navigate sexuality. Get some tips for talking about sex with your child.
Sexual Health Services in Niagara
- Your family’s health care provider
- Niagara Region Public Health’s sexual health centres
- Walk-in clinics
Sexuality and Gender
Understanding sexuality and gender identity can be a very confusing time for both children and their families. To help understand the process better, here's some helpful links:
- Rainbow Niagara
- Local supports for the LGBTQ population
- Teen sexual orientation
- For parents of LGBTQ teens
Teaching your children the importance of providing and obtaining proper consent for sexual activity is a very important lesson. Have the conversation about consent with your child.