Teen/Guardian Trust

PDF: Talking to your kids about relationships

FAST FACT: Teens say that trust is the most important part of a healthy relationship.

FAST FACT: Teens say that the most important thing parents can do to teach them about successful relationships is to talk with them about relationships, not just the birds and the bees.

Teens report that the second most important thing that parents can do is to listen when they talk about the people in their lives.

FAST FACT: 13% of same-age relationships among those aged 12- to 14-years-old include sexual intercourse.

If the partner is just two years older, that number doubles: 26% of the relationships include sex.

If the partner is three or more years older, 33% of the relationships include sex.

FAST FACT: One in five teens who has been in a serious relationship says he or she have been hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner.

One in four teen girls says her boyfriend has tried to prevent them from spending time with friends or family.

One in four teen girls says she has been pressured to go further sexually than she wanted.

FAST FACT: Teens say that parents most influence their decisions about relationships—more than friends, the media, other family members or even their own boyfriend or girlfriend.

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Boyfriendsweb.com is a comprehensive source for teens and their parents, teachers and friends. The site contains tips, advice from experts, and informative articles on healthy relationships and a healthy you.

“Boyfriends should be required viewing in every high school in America. The stories--told by young people themselves--are educational, sobering, and pack a powerful punch.”

– Bill Albert, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

“Producer Sujata Dand approaches her participants with artful openness and without judgment--each has her story to tell; each has learned lessons from which we can all benefit.”

– Dr. Susan Sugerman, MD, MPH, Girls to Women Health and Wellness.

The project is funded in part by the Harold Simmons Foundation and other generous donors from our community.