Presentation on theme: "Building Relationships of Openness and Trust With Your Children."— Presentation transcript:
Building Relationships of Openness and Trust With Your Children
We, the Administrative Team and Staff at Rickover Naval Academy, want to sincerely thank you for coming this evening to have what we understand to be a very difficult and personal conversation. While we understand that the topic for discussion may be one you are uncomfortable to discuss, as it runs in opposition to the values in your home or family, we encourage you to be as open as possible for the sole and shared purpose of student safety. Thank you again! Thank You for Having This Difficult Conversation
How many times in the last week have you talked to your child about his or her personal life? If your child were to ask you for support in making decisions about sexual behavior, would you feel comfortable discussing options and/or providing resources? When you have time to spend with your children, do you spend time talking with them? Do your children share personal details about their lives with you? When you are not home and your children are there unsupervised, do you know what they are doing? What questions do you have about how to best support your child’s sexual health choices?
In the past three months, Rickover has seen an increase in teenage pregnancies and cases of Chlamydia. These are only reported cases. A growing trend occurring is that students are sharing “nudes” on their phones. This is a crime. To address this, we have had an in-service in the ROTC classes. Students are now aware of the illegal nature of the behavior. There may be APPs on your child’s phone that promote sexually risky behaviors. Given the trends, we want to make you aware of this information as well as available resources, so we can work together to lower your child’s risk of participating in risky behaviors.
Among U.S. high school students surveyed in 2013 34% had had sexual intercourse during the previous 3 months, and, of these ◦ 41% did not use a condom the last time they had sex. Only 22% of sexually experienced students have ever been tested for HIV. Nearly 10,000 young people (aged 13-24) were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States in 2013. Nearly half of the 20 million new STDs each year were among young people, between the ages of 15 to 24. Approximately 273,000 babies were born to teen girls aged 15–19 years in 2013.
We want our Rickover students to enjoy the social and academic experiences high school offers and reach their fullest intellectual and emotional potential without the distraction or interference of disease or unwanted pregnancy. “If you finish high school, get a job, and get married before having children, you have a 90% chance of not being in poverty.” –New York Department of Transportation (this statement is posted in New York subways) 40% of single parents who had a child before completing high school end up in poverty. Fewer than 2% of those graduating college before having children end up in poverty.
Research shows that teens are more sexually active than parents think. By the time they're 19, seven out of 10 teens have had sex. Although the conversation may make you uncomfortable, please consider having the talk with your teen sooner rather than later! How: Everyday life provides lots of opportunities for talking about sexuality. When watching a TV show that shows a young person going through puberty or going out on a date, seeing an ad that prompts thoughts about body acceptance, or running into a pregnant neighbor, we can use that to initiate conversations with our children. When: Talking with children about sexuality is a lifelong conversation. Doing a little bit at a time helps set realistic goals when we talk with our children. It also helps keep children from feeling overwhelmed. Don’t worry if you haven’t started talking with your children about sexuality yet. It’s never too late. Just don’t try to “catch up” all at once. The most important thing is to be open and available whenever a child wants to talk. What: It’s important to give our kids truthful, useful, and accurate information that conveys our own values about sex and sexuality. It’s also important to prepare them to make responsible choices whenever they become sexually active. in addition to conveying our own values about sexual relationships, it’s important to talk with teens about preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
Center on Halsted, Chicago The CORE Center, UIC Campus The Heartland Clinic, Senn Campus Catholic Charities, www.catholiccharities.net Lutheran Social Services, www.lssi.orgwww.lssi.org Jewish Child and Family Services, ww.jcfs.org Planned Parenthood Prevention After-school Activities Planned activities during Winter, Summer, Spring Break Openness in Communication Abstinence Education or Contraception
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