Preventing adolescent pregnancies & strengthening young families

img_teenGirlThis program allows Webster County Health Department to go into the Webster County Schools to provide education to teens on teenage pregnancy prevention, abstinence, and prevention of STD transmission through the TIPP grant.

Teen Information Pregnancy Prevention
Webster County Health Department 
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Tel: 515-573-4107
Toni Cochrane


Talking to Youth About the Tough Issues


“What do you mean talk about sex? I already explained the birds and the bees! Aren’t my kids too young? What will I say? HELP!“
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It’s not always easy to talk about sensitive topics like sexual health and relationships, but it’s always important. Luckily there are a lot of resources out there to help you find the information and support you need. Your family depends on you for information about your beliefs, values and expectations related to sexual health. Research shows that young people who feel connected to their family and clearly understand their family’s values concerning sexual health are more likely to avoid risk-taking behaviors, like early sexual activity.

So take time today to think about what messages you want to share with the children in your life. Create an open environment to share your thoughts and listen to theirs. Use the resources below if you (or your child) need more information and remember, START TALKING TODAY!

Talk with Your Kids About…

10 Helpful Tips

Here are 10 helpful tips for you in talking with children about any difficult topic:

  1. Start early.
  2. Initiate conversations with your child.
  3. ...Even about sex and sexuality.
  4. Create an open environment.
  5. Communicate your own values.
  6. Listen to your child.
  7. Try to be honest.
  8. Be patient.
  9. Use everyday opportunities to talk.
  10. Talk about it again. And, again.


For more information and resources please check the following websites:
Teen Health from kidshealth.org

Children Now - Talking about the Tough Issues
http://www.childrennow.org/index.php/learn/talking_with_kids/sex.html

Parent Portal: The National Campaign
http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/parents/default.aspx