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Don't Be a Sex Ed Horror Story — Keep the VD Out of Valentine's Day
Date:2/9/2010

TeezITNow.com is encouraging parents to use this Valentine's Day as an opportunity to give their teens a gift of knowledge and empowerment, because when romance heats up, teens often find themselves under pressure to give in to sex.

New York (PRWEB) February 9, 2010 -- As a parent, having 'The Talk' is probably one of the most difficult and challenging moments of parenthood. "It’s tough to believe your child is mature enough to even understand what you will be talking about and harder yet to know where and how to begin," explains Robert Moore, CEO of TeezItNow. Parents should not feel like they are condoning sexual activity just because they arm their children with information about how to protect themselves from STDs, AIDS, and unwanted pregnancy, Moore says. "Along with information about protection, you can teach your teens to recognize their own limits and make sure they know it's not just ok to say no but that saying no can save their lives."

It will never be easy to talk to teens about sex, STDs and pregnancy, but a report just issued by the Guttmacher Institute indicates teen pregnancy has increased 3% among 15 to 19 year olds, making it more important than ever to communicate with teens, explains Moore. Just this month, Fox News reported the birth of a child to an 11-year old girl, one of the youngest pregnancies documented in the U.S.

While Moore has occasionally been criticized for recommending that parents start having open and direct conversations with their kids about sex by age 12, many parents who've taken that first step have thanked him later for helping them open the dialogue. In addition to the initial Talk, Moore recommends having frequent conversations about the importance of using condoms to prevent the spread of STDs, AIDS and unwanted pregnancy are equally as important. "It is vital to make sure teens know about safety, whether
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