SEX TRAFFICKING IS A REAL THREAT

Runaways and at-risk youth are targeted by pimps and traffickers for exploitation in the commercial sex industry or different labor or services industries. Pimps and sex traffickers are skilled at manipulating child victims and maintaining control through a combination of deception, lies, feigned affection, threats, and violence. The average age of entry into prostitution for […]

ENTERING THE WORKFORCE

Whether it’s babysitting, scooping ice cream, or doing some office work for a business owner (even if the employer is family or a family friend), it is important to talk with your children and the business owner/manager about child safety. A teen may automatically assume that the people they are working with are respectable and that […]

SEXUAL RESPONSE AND RESPONSIBILITY

“It is important that your child know that as thinking, conscious human beings we have the opportunity to think about how to deal with our own arousal before we do anything with it.” -Dr Janet Rosenzweig, The Sex-Wise Parent Children need to understand that sexual arousal, even if intentional and certainly if not, does not […]

PORNOGRAPHY – YES, WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT

From The Sex-Wise Parent author, Janet Rosenzweig: “A major study found that almost all boys and two-thirds of girls over age 13 have been exposed to online porn. Most exposure happens between the ages of 14 and 17, but thousands of children 13 and younger are exposed to sexually explicit images daily. Boys are more likely to report […]

THE INTERNET

Computers belong in common areas, not bedrooms. Educate yourself on setting appropriate filters for explicit images/language for your computer. Explain the dangers of sharing personal information – full name, email, phone, and address. “Checking in” at specific locations on social media, tells people exactly where they are at that moment. You may want to consider […]

UNDERSTANDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BRAIN

Research has shown that the human brain does not complete developing until our 20s and 30s. The frontal lobe, the part of the brain that manages impulse control, judgment, insight, and emotional control, is still working to make the connections that help us understand consequences of our actions for others and ourselves. Teenagers are not fully capable of […]