Parents Speak Up! Campaign & 4parents.gov

Speaking to Kids 'Early and Often' The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled its "Parents Speak Up" national campaign to help parents talk with youth about waiting until marriage to have sex. In addition to public service announcements (click below for "Talk to Me"), the campaign encourages grassroots involvement and offers a web site to better equip parents with age-appropriate information and communication skills. "The 'Parents Speak Up' campaign was developed based on research that indicates youth look to their parents for guidance when it come to making decisions about sex," said Dan Schneider, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. "When families encourage open communication, and teens live in an environment where values are clearly expressed, they are more likely to follow those values." Studies show that nearly nine of 10 teens say it would be easier for them to avoid sexual activity if they have more, and more open, conversations with their parents. It's critical to address with youth the issue of waiting until marriage for sex and, to be effective, this message must be broached "early and often."   "Early" in order to reach your children before they are bombarded with contrary ideas from the culture. "Often" to reinforce the unwavering message you want your child to receive, to affirm expectations, and to keep the lines of communication open. FRC strongly endorses this new HHS campaign. Additional Resources 4Parents.gov: Talking to Your Pre-Teen or Teen About Waiting http://www.4parents.gov/talkingtoteen/index.html   PARENTS SPEAK UP While you've probably heard a great deal about the Mathematica study that "proves" that abstinence programs don't work (never mind...