October is Talk-Tober!
October is national “Let’s Talk” Month. “Let’s Talk” Month urges adults and adolescents to have open communication regarding sexuality.
In 2019, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa released research findings regarding Iowans’ perceptions of healthy relationships, sex and adolescent pregnancy. Iowa youth ranked healthy relationships as the most important topic among eight other conversations to have with trusted adults. However, the topics of sexually transmitted diseases/infections and child/teen pregnancy were ranked the least important. The research findings also showed that Iowa adolescents desired advice about using contraception/protection, recognizing when they were ready for sex, communicating consent and abstaining.
“Let’s Talk” Month encourages adults to be the sex educators that kids want with the accurate information they need. Parents and trusted adults can find communication tips, messages worth repeating, and more, in the materials promoted during “Let’s Talk” month on our website and social media!
Know What to Say
Is it time to have "the talk"? Has your child started to ask you questions about sex that you are not ready to answer or are unsure on how to answer? Does the topic embarrass you, or do you think that your child is "too young" to know about these things?
Help is on its way! This site will provide you with the tools and techniques necessary to begin an ongoing conversation with your child and make this a learning experience for both of you. Take advantage of the resources provided, and get answers that will help you in your journey ...
Use this time to impart family values, while listening to what your child is saying. Be the helper that he/she needs in order to learn about his/her body, safely navigating technology, and developing healthy dating habits and relationships. In a society that is constantly changing, be an advocate to keep your child informed and safe!
Ask your child about surfing the web and how much information they share with others.
Each month, a new topic will be presented here, providing you with five questions that you can use as conversation starters to help you provide valuable information to your child. Frequently, your child has information, but it is usually inaccurate, since he/she learned it from friends.
This month’s topic is Teen Sexuality and Technology.
What do you think about social media?
What sites do you visit?
What topics are okay to share with friends and family on social media?
Do you know who to go to when a text seems questionable?
If you chose to send a video, text, or picture that is personal, would you ask someone else if it was appropriate?
Good luck and look for a new topic at the beginning of each month!
About Know What to Say
For the past 12 years, Know What To Say has been offered to parents, school personnel, faith-based organizations, and social service agencies located in Scott County, Iowa. The program, offered by Bethany for Children & Families, has utilized a two-pronged approach to educate adults on how to communicate with adolescents about sex. Delivery of workshop throughout the community, as well as this web page, are designed to provide information for adults to share with teens, in an effort to postpone early sexual activity that can result in pregnancy and or sexually transmitted diseases.
Bethany for Children & Families
Bethany for Children & Families is a private child welfare, mental health, community education, and social services provider that has offered aid and support to children and families in western Illinois and eastern Iowa since 1899. The organization staffs a professional team of 70 social workers, licensed counselors, case managers, and educators, directed by a Board of volunteer community leaders. Offering 22 programs and services, Bethany serves nearly 10,000 children and families annually.
Funding for Know What to Say
Funding for Know What to Say is provided the Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiative offered by the Iowa Department of Human Services.