So even though the bad news about teens is often the loudest, it's not the only news to pay attention to. Still, less than half of high school students are sexually active, so taking a strictly odds perspective, it's more likely than not that the teen you care most about is a virgin. At the same time, from a developmental standpoint, teens are supposed to be pulling away from the adults in their lives. Still other teens tell me that while they wouldn't lie to their parents if asked outright, they're not offering up the information, either. See the full story, Sunday at 7 p.
Our parents grew up in the times that sex was for the people who were rebels.
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Hard as it may be for some parents to digest, from the standpoint of protecting teens, it doesn't matter if parents know exactly when they start having sex. When and where are teens having sex? Instead, they forge ahead with their lives, which seem to have thousands of personal interactions an hour. I also know that many people who have had sex at our school don't tell people about it. Teens won't wait while parents carefully construct the perfect thing to say or until it feels like it's just the right moment to talk.