Parents of Teens: Know Your Children and Their Friends
Another key element in preventing your teen from engaging in risky sexual behavior is to know your child and his or her friends. This goes hand-in-hand with supervision and can help with other aspects of parenting, outside of just preventing teen pregnancy and STDs. Knowing your child is part of being an involved parent and can help you identify whether your teen might be engaging in risky sexual behavior.
It is also important to know your child’s friends, as well. Getting familiar with your teen’s friends not only gives insight as to who they are hanging out with, it can also tell you about your own child.
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