Scarleteen Confidential

We figure the best way we can help parents, and do what we can for the young people we serve to make things better for them at home, is by playing the middleman: passing⁠ ⁠ on what we observe and learn from young people to parents, guardians and other supportive adults⁠ ⁠. Young people want you to know how they feel, what they need, and how they think you can do a better job with this: they just often don't feel able to tell you themselves.

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If you take nothing else away from Scarleteen Confidential, we feel these five things are the real guiding principles when it comes to parenting well with sex and sexuality.

Some of our favorite resources for parents to help them do their best with sex, gender, consent and sexuality in their parenting.

How do you support a teen as they recover from sexual assault?

Young people don’t arrive at their conclusions about appropriate romantic behavior in a vacuum; they’re influenced by a myriad of messages, including input from the adults in their lives. Sometimes that input includes ideas that end up exacerbating issues around rejection and dating. One of the ways we can work towards a world in which acts like this no longer happen, a world in which people, and women in particular, aren’t afraid their “no” will make them a target of violence, is to make a concerted effort to help the young people in our lives learn to deal with rejection in healthy ways. With that in mind, we’ve put together recommendations to assist adults in doing exactly that.

Every day, we talk with young people at Scarleteen about sex and sexuality, sexual health and their relationships, including their relationships with their families. We've been providing truly comprehensive sex education, information, and one-on-one help in our direct services online to millions of...