Parents often ask us, “How can I convince my child to wait until they’re older to have sex?”, “What can I do to prevent teen pregnancy?” “How can I protect my child from viewing or being victimized by online porn?” “Why won’t kids stop texting naked pictures to their friends?”

As a parent, a trusted aunt or uncle, a grandparent – what you can do to prevent risky adolescent behavior is Talk, Talk, Talk!  Be an ‘askable adult’ for your child – talk openly and frequently with him or her about  family values and expectations around relationships and sex.  You can also help get other parents involved by organizing a local PTA or community center event on parent/child communication about teen pregnancy prevention, or by participating in “Let’s Talk Month” in October.

We believe parents are the most important influence on their child’s behavior. Parents have an awesome responsibility when it comes to raising children and preparing them for the challenges of life. For many parents, important issues such as romantic relationships, peer pressure and sex are hard to discuss with their children. We have listed a few resources that we hope will make it easier for parents to understand the positive role they may play in engaging their children successfully in ‘tough talks’.


BEING A TEEN, by Jane Fonda, covers topics that every teen needs to know, and that people closest to them sometimes find difficult to talk about.



Parent SOS - moderated by William Carroll
Parents talk about how to have difficult conversations with their children.

They're Talking; Are We Listening?- moderated by William Carroll
A group of young people from VOX ATL and GCAPP's PEER UP program discuss sexual and reproductive health from their perspective.

Ask A Health Expert - moderated by Laurie Dhue
A wide-ranging conversation with our very own board members - veteran broadcaster Laurie Dhue, former CNN/MSNBC/FOX news anchor, and Taz Bhatia, M.D. and an integrative health expert.




* LET'S TALK GUIDE: Click here to review and/or download the GCAPP “Let’s Talk” Guide

* RELATIONSHIP REDUX: Click here for more tips & scripts for talking to your kids about relationships.

* DON'T ASSUME: Click here for tips for parents to help prevent teen pregnancy


* FAMILY COMMUNICATION ABOUT SEXUALITY - Talking points for parents during the different stages of their children's lives. This publication was supported by a generous grant from Kaiser Permanente. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of Kaiser Permanente.