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5 Resources on Being Sex-Positive


At Healthy Teen Network, we are committed to a sex-positive, comprehensive approach to adolescent sexual health. The term “sex-positive” often has a different connotation for people. Although there are a number of ways you could define the term, one good definition is “involving having positive attitudes about sex and feeling comfortable with one’s own sexual…

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5 Ways to Become an Approachable Parent: Positive Parenting for Teen Sexual Health


Guest Blog Post by Sheila Overton, M.D., FACOG One of the top questions I’ve encountered from parents as an Ob/Gyn and health educator is: “How can I get my teen to come to me with questions and concerns about sex?” While some parents and teens may have that near-perfect, open relationship that allows them to…

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9 Tips to Create a Safe Space for Teachable Moments


A teachable moment is a situation where opportunity knocks—a time at which a person, especially a child, is likely to be particularly disposed to learn something or to be particularly responsive to being taught or made aware of something. Teachable moments can make initiating conversation about sex and contraception easier and more comfortable for everyone…

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Confessions of a Sex Ed Mom


If you are expecting a blog post chock-full of shockingly juicy confessions, this one is NOT for you. Those will have to wait until my memoir is published posthumously (which, I hope, is no time soon). However, I do want to share few tidbits that—dare I say—help me be the best “Sex Ed Mom” to…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan


Welcome to Your Healthy Future! Hello! Sometime soon, you will become an adult, and along with that will come a lot of responsibilities but also opportunities to make your own choices and pursue your dreams. Adolescence—the time you are 13 to 24 years—may be a period of some stress. But it’s also a time for…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan: Facilitator Companion


Generate My Healthy Future Plan is an activity with tools for adolescents and young adults ages 13 through 24 to uncover the health and well-being matters of greatest interest to them and then point them to resources for more information or to suggestions for action taking. The activity guides youth to consider their readiness to…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan: Group Activity Planning Guide


Adolescence and young adulthood is a time when individuals begin to think about what they want for their futures. Youth are considering their futures through self-reflection, talking with people they trust, and seeking out reliable information on their own. Generate My Healthy Future Plan is Healthy Teen Network’s discovery and planning activity to help adolescents and…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan: Guide


How Do I Use the Guide? To use the Guide, go back to the Questionnaire. For each question, look at your answer. Now go to the section of the Guide with information related to your answer. The Guide has more information about each of the 20 healthy future subjects: The “101”: Brief introduction to the…

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Generate My Healthy Future: A Resource for Parents & Caring Adults to Use with Adolescents


The Healthy Teen Network resource, Generate My Healthy Future Plan, can help you start the conversation! Help the young person in your life power up for a healthy future! Generate My Healthy Future Plan is an activity with tools for adolescents and young adults ages 13 through 24 to uncover the health and well-being matters…

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Helping Parents Give “The Talk”


The sex talk doesn’t have to be dreaded by parents or teens. Having the tools to navigate conversations and the common goal of safer behaviors puts parents on the right course to supporting their teens.

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Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe: Health Care, Birth Control, and Confidential Services (for Parents)


The Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe series of brochures offers guidance to health care providers, teens, and parents of teens (below) about ways they can deliver, receive, and support adolescents’ access to confidential contraceptive services. This brochure helps parents and caring adults understand why supporting teens’ access to confidential services is consistent with good…

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Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe: The Importance of Confidential Contraceptive Services for Teens


Confidential contraceptive services are an important component of both comprehensive health care for adolescents and teen pregnancy prevention efforts. This has been documented in the findings of research  studies, confirmed by the experience of  health care professionals, and reflected in the policies of health care professional organizations. Numerous laws at the state and federal levels…

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Keep It Simple


Getting the Right Sexual Health Care Growing up isn’t easy. Navigating your sexual health isn’t easy either. But there are some things we can make simpler, like making sure  you know that you have the right to high quality sexual health care and that we care enough to help you get it. Check out the…

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Know the Facts First


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health launched the “Know the Facts First” campaign, an initiative co-branded by the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).  “Know the Facts First” aims to provide teen girls, ages 13-19, with accurate information…

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Navigating the Pornography Discussion


Guest Blog by Michal Greenberg-Cohen, MA, Sexual Health Educator  In my work as a sexual health educator, a question that has been on my mind lately is, how can we support positive adolescent development and health promotion when discussing pornography? Last year, while on the subway, in front of me sat a boy, probably 14…

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No te compliques


The ¡No te compliques! Facilitator’s Guide and accompanying video, or motion graphic, are designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, “teen friendly” contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers. Facilitator’s Guide and motion graphic are also available in English.

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No Te Compliques


The ¡No te compliques! Facilitator’s Guide and accompanying video, or motion graphic, are designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, “teen friendly” contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers. Facilitator’s Guide and motion graphic are also available in English.

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Opportunity Knocks


Use Teachable Moments to Convey Safer Sex Messages to Young People With accurate information and adequate support, young people can make healthy and responsible decisions about having sex and using contraception. Adults can be most effective by providing the information and support needed to promote responsible decision-making in youth and help ensure transition to adulthood…

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Opportunity Knocks: Creating a Safe Space for Talking with Youth about Sex


This blog post is the second in of a three-part series (see also: Part 1, Part 3) highlighting Healthy Teen Network’s resources on using teachable moments to reach youth, through our Opportunity Knocks resources, including a fact sheet and pre-packaged, fully designed presentation, ready for you to use.  The Opportunity Knocks series is based on…

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Opportunity Knocks: Important Information to Share During a Teachable Moment


This blog post is the third in a of three-part series (see also: Part 1, Part 2) highlighting Healthy Teen Network’s resources on using teachable moments to reach youth, through our Opportunity Knocks resources, including a fact sheet and pre-packaged, fully designed presentation, ready for you to use.  The Opportunity Knocks series is based on…

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Opportunity Knocks: Presentation


A teachable moment is a situation where opportunity knocks and is a time at which a person, especially a child, is likely to be particularly disposed to learn something or particularly responsive to being taught or made aware of something.  With accurate information and adequate support, young people can make healthy and responsible decisions about…

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Opportunity Knocks: Teachable Moments


This blog post is the first in a of three-part series (see also: Part 2, Part 3) highlighting Healthy Teen Network’s resources on using teachable moments to reach youth, through our Opportunity Knocks resources, including a fact sheet and pre-packaged, fully designed presentation, ready for you to use.  The Opportunity Knocks series is based on…

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Resources for Parents & Caring Adults


 We have organized resources for parents and caring adults to help you find what you need: Healthy Teen Network Resources Other Resources

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Resources for Parents and Caregivers


Check out Healthy Teen Network Resources for parents and caring adults here. Other Resources Amaze Advocates for Youth, Parents’ Sex Ed Center Advocates for Youth, Resources for Families on Parent-Child Communication Answer, Resources for Parents CDC, Parent and Guardian Resources Children Now, Talking with Kids about Tough Issues Colorado Youth Matter, Raices y Alas Dating Abuse:…

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Talk the Talk: What Was Healthy Teen Network’s Talk Like?


One day, somehow we all learned about the birds and the bees. The quality of “the talk” we got left lots of room for variation—too much information, too little, scary, funny, silly, uncomfortable, eye-opening… One thing is for sure: young people will always need to hear from caring, trusted adults about sex, sexuality, and relationships.…

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Talk to Your Teen About Sex


Use the CDC Health E-Card tool to support talking to your teen about sex. Personalize a message to start the conversation.

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Teen Dating Violence: What It Is and How to Raise Awareness


February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This month provides an excellent opportunity to not just raise awareness around this pervasive issue—one in three teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner[1]—but to also demonstrate a commitment to ending teen dating violence and support…

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Tip Sheet: Opportunity Knocks


With accurate information and adequate support, young people can make healthy and responsible decisions about having sex and using contraception. Adults can be most effective by providing the information and support needed to promote responsible decision-making in youth and help ensure transition to adulthood is safe and healthy. In addition to this tip sheet, a complete presentation design is available, for…

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When Opportunity Knocks: Making the Most of Teachable Moments


As sex educators, when we talk to parents, we often get asked, “How can I make sure my teen doesn’t get pregnant or get an STI?” While prevention is important, try flipping the conversation. As a parent or caring adult, it’s important to ask, “How can I best support my teen to grow to be…

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Yes You Can: Eat Well, Look Good and Save Money


Healthy Teen Network’s nutrition guide for pregnant and parenting teens and is intended for use by adolescents themselves, and/or health care providers who work with pregnant and parenting youth. Topics addressed in the brochure include : healthy eating tips, breastfeeding, budgeting information, quick recipes, and information on eating disorders. This brochure was made possible by a…

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