Teens' Sexual Rights

Educators argue that adolescent sexuality is healthy and vital

Ellen Kate Friedrichs
photo: Joe Fiorentino
Ellen Kate Friedrichs

Teenagers are naturally curious about sex, and often turn to unreliable sources rather than parents or teachers. Online, they're just as likely to find misinformation as they are a quality site like scarleteen.com. Schools can't shoulder the entire burden of teen hormonal angst, but what they do offer shouldn't condescend, lie, or mislead. Parents, educators, and media need to speak honestly to teens about both the pleasures and pitfalls of sex if we expect results.

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