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I think my child is having sex. What to do?

From your question it seems that you are concerned about the safety of your child. Worldwide studies have shown that young people are becoming sexually active at younger age. Keeping in mind this fact one cannot be sure when a young person becomes sexually active. Hence, it is important to equip the child with required information before they become sexually active. Knowledge about unwanted pregnancy, contraceptives, safe sex, and life skills related to negotiation, communication, and decision-making will be crucial to prevent against STIs such as HIV, and unwanted pregnancy. Other reason for beginning the conversation about Sex and Sexuality with your growing child can be to alert him/ her about Sexual abuse. You can read more about why its important for your child to know about these issues. Studies have shown that young people want to get information about sex and sexuality from the trusted source. You, as a parent can become the trusted source and prevent them from accessing the unreliable and harmful sources like uninformed peers, unreliable web sources, publications, CDs, etc. In order to have the conversation with your adolescent child on sex and sexuality the following Communication Tips will be helpful to you. And these are the main points to be emphasized while communicating with them on sexuality issues. You can also seek others’ (like counselor or doctor) help if you need to.

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