How do we handle the barely clothed adults on billboards?

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Q: How do we handle all the barely clothed adults that we see on billboards, in the form of underwear, perfume, and even soft drink ads? My 7-year-old finds it “funny” that all the young people in the ads always have their pants unbuttoned—that is, of course, when they are indeed wearing pants.

How can I address sexism in the media with my kids?

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Q: I see a lot of TV shows where women are not treated respectfully. How would you recommend talking to kids about sexism in the media? It’s rather like having a drunken bully over for dinner every night. How do you explain to your kids why you keep letting this kind of person into their home?

Using Cell Phones to Learn about Sex

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A new text service offers teens a way to ask questions about sex that they otherwise might feel too embarrassed to ask. The Birds & Bees Text Line, based out of the Adolescent Pregnancy Campaign of North Carolina, does not offer medical advice but does answer questions like, "What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?" or… Read more »

How much TV is too much TV?

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Q: The television is a constant source of conflict in our house. I am always battling with my 2nd and 5th grade kids about how much TV they watch, but I’m not even sure what a good limit would be. How much TV is too much TV?

Preventing Teen Pregnancy

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Wednesday May 6 is this year’s National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, sponsored by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The goal of this day is to “help teens think carefully about sex and contraception, the possibility of pregnancy, and the lifelong challenges of being a parent,” both through events held around… Read more »

Perspective on Sexting: Part III – Reactions and Responses

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This is the third installment of an examination of the phenomenon of sexting by guest blogger Dr. Richard Chalfen.   >>See part I: Teen Culture>>See part II: Photo-sharing Behavior After examining the historical precedents for sexting in the past two entries, I have come to the conclusion that as trite and reductive as it might sound,… Read more »