Expert Advice

How to talk to your teenager about sex and pornography

These chats don't need to be awkward.

By Karyn Henger
By the time your teenager graduates from high school, half of their classmates will have already had sex and the other half won't have. Which half will your teen be in?
As awkward as you may feel about talking about intimacy with your child, parents need to have ongoing conversations with their kids and teenagers, says Family Planning Health Promotor Lesley-Ann Guild.
In this video Guild gives advice on how to find the best moments to bring the subject up as well as how to start conversations and make them as comfortable as possible for both of you.
She gives pointers on how much to say and what sort of messaging is useful for them to hear - and she explains why it's important for both genders to receive the same messages about sex, relationships and issues such as pornography.