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Awkward with parents, who to ask about sex?

, – As they enter their teens , they will become curious about many things. Especially when they start to enter puberty , their physical characteristics will change and they will be curious about what is happening to them. Not only that, their curiosity about sexual function also arises. But unfortunately, teenagers often leave various kinds of questions that are not completely answered. Therefore, sex education for adolescents is needed.

Most of the teenagers don’t even want to ask their parents about it, although most parents are now more open about it. This is evidenced by research conducted by TECHsex Youth Sexuality and Health Online in the United States in 2017. The results of the study revealed that in fact, of the 1500 respondents aged 13-24 years, only 7 percent considered family as a place to learn related to sex, sexuality and health. the most effective reproduction.

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Still from the same study, in fact as many as 30 percent of them chose to ask a doctor and 21 percent used Google or other search engines. Those who choose the internet because they offer confidential, fast answers, and don’t have to ask adults directly.

The good news, now you can also chat with the doctor in to inquire about sex, sexuality or reproductive health. With just a hand, the doctor will provide the right health advice for you.

So, why are teenagers reluctant to ask their parents about sex? 

There are several reasons why adolescents are reluctant to ask questions related to sex, sexuality, and reproductive health. These reasons include:

  • Afraid to ask.

  • Fear of getting into trouble because it is considered taboo.

  • Not sure parents want to answer honestly.

  • Not sure parents let them ask questions about sex.

  • Shame.

Perhaps a parent may be disappointed that he is not the main reference for sex. However, the reason why teenagers avoid this is quite reasonable. It could be that teenagers just want to know, but their parents are already thinking nonsense. They could also have tried sexual activity. Therefore, asking this question on the internet is the main option they think is safe.

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If the Internet is Considered Safe, Where to Ask About Sex?

Since the internet via search engines only provides answers, teens have a number of other online options if they need immediate answers or consultations. Some things you can do to ask questions about sex include:

  • Instagram Comment Column . The existence of a comment column and direct message feature will allow teenagers to ask the admin of the account. Alternatively, teenagers see incoming questions and responses given by the admin through the comments column. Indeed, there are a lot of accounts that discuss and provide information about reproductive and sexual health for adolescents, so that they can safely and get clear information there.

  • Health Site . Several health sites also provide opportunities for anyone to ask a doctor directly. For example, which allows users to chat with doctors.

  • Youth Portal Comment Column. Because the popularity of teen magazines has fallen, now many sites specifically for teenagers have emerged. Some of these are digital versions of existing magazines. Usually on these sites there are also channels so that teenagers can ask questions about reproductive health and sex.

This is the Way to Provide Sexual Education in Children

Whatever choices teenagers make, this could be a good opportunity to equip them with sexual and reproductive health. Provided that parents also have to equip teenagers on how to surf safely in cyberspace, so they don’t get wrong information.

* This article was published on SKATA