What are we teaching our kids about avoiding risky behaviors? Are we teaching them that some risks are worth the consequences?
This is not how we have approached the use of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. Parents and teachers have used every scientific argument known to be directive and adamant about abstaining from these substances and there are laws designed to prevent youth and adults from engaging or promoting such risky behaviors. This approach is the reason that tobacco, drug and alcohol use among teens has dramatically decreased over the past twenty-years.
Yet, when risky behaviors pertain to sexual activity, parents, teachers, and even law enforcement, become ambivalent and provide wishy-washy guidance, at best, leaving young people exposed to the consequences of sex without boundaries. Why do we shrink back from using every medically accurate, scientific fact to teach our teens and young adults how to abstain and set clear boundaries for…
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