I remember what it was like to be young and “on the cusp”.When I was in my early to mid-teens, this meant, to some of the men I encountered, I was “not quite legal” or, as many preferred, “jailbait”.That means being clear about what behaviors you are -- and aren't -- OK with them doing online, while text messaging, and during a hook-up. Analyze sex in the media: When you watch TV or movies together, use any sexual messages you see as a jumping-off point to start a conversation about sex. Be curious: When your kids get home from a night out, ask questions: "How was the party? " If you're not getting straight answers, then talk with them about trust, their actions, and the consequences.
" Teens use the expression hooking up (or "messing around" or "friends with benefits") to describe everything from kissing to having oral sex or intercourse. Hooking up isn't a new phenomenon -- it's been around for at least 50 years.
to show him that his current girlfriend wasn't as good as she was," says Katie Koestner, founder and education director of Campus Outreach Services. So what can you do to prevent your kids from hooking up?
You should start the conversation about sex before they hit the preteen and teen years, when they learn about it from TV or their friends, Wallace says.
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