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For Teens

If you are teenager who has questions or concerns regarding sex, we recommend it is best to have a discussion with a parent, guardian or trusted adult; however this page will help you understand the many issues involving sex, dating, relationships and other teenage issues. 

Abstinence

Sexual relationships presents risks. When you choose to refrain from any type of sexual play with a partner, you are choosing to practice abstinence. Abstinence is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy and prevents STDs. To learn more about abstinence, please visit:

Abstinence at a Glance

Before You Decide To Have Sex

Many teens make the mistake of giving into their urges without thinking things through. Hormones and social pressure may make you think you're ready to enter a sexual relationship. Sex is more than just a pleasurable act; it is a physical risk and an emotional gamble. Before you make the decision, please learn more here:

Be Sure You're Really Ready

Safer Sex and Birth Control

If you choose to be sexually active, it's important to practice safe sex to protect yourself and your partner. To learn more about practicing safe sex, please visit:

Safer Sex at a Glance

We are here to help you discuss all your birth control options with you and help you get the birth control you need. To learn more about birth control methods please visit:

Birth Control

Protect your health. For more information and tools for people and commmunities on health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats, visit:

Centers for Diseas Control and Prevention 

About Date Rape

Date Rape is when someone you know socially (but not family) makes you have sex against your will. It could be a stranger, or someone you love or trust, like your boyfriend. Date rape can happen to women (or men, guys can be victims of date rape too) of all ages, but young women between 15 and 24 are at highest risks. Sexual assault is a crime. Rape has nothing to do with love - it's about power and control.

Relationships

Learning about what makes a romantic or sexual relationship healthy and unhealthy can help you decide if your relationship is good for you. It's important to remember that relationships can be unhealthy and even unsafe. Understanding the responsibilities to ourselves and to our partners can help you develop healthy relationships. For helpful information, please visit:

Teen Dating Violence

National Teen Dating Abuse

Empowering Youth to End Domestic Violence

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network

Some Helpful Resources

Are you a pregnant high school student or know one? Please contact Lou Gossom at Harrell Accelerated Learning Center, lgossom@WFISD.net

There are lots of other things for teens to consider in today's society. Social networks, automobiles and mobile devices all pose threats to teens as well. We urge you to make smart and safe decisions. For more information, please visit:

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy 

Teens and "Sexting": What You Need to Know About the New Trend

Don't Text and Drive

Texting and Driving Prevention

Texting & Driving - It Can Wait. Take the pledge!

Speak Up About Reckless Driving

Get Through Tough Times

Where Do You Draw Your Digital Line?

Think Before You Post on Facebook