Parents/Teens Encourage to Communicate Openly about Sexuality During “Let’s Talk Month”

Having “The Talk” with teenagers has never been easy. But in today’s society of Internet blogs and social websites where misinformation is rampant, getting the real facts out to teens is more important than ever.

The month of October is Let’s Talk Month and the Chatham County Health Department, along with the Promoting Awareness of Teen Health and Sexuality (PATHS) Coalition, will host community events that support parents in their efforts to talk to their children openly and honestly about relationships and sexuality. PATHS is comprised of community members from agencies in Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, and surrounding counties in coastal Georgia. “Let’s Talk Month emphasizes the importance of a strong partnership between the community and the family in helping young people develop responsible and positive attitudes about sexuality,” said Christina Gibson, Coastal Health District Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Director.

The Let’s Talk community events are open to parents and their teenagers. The gatherings are designed to provide an opportunity for parents and teens to ask questions and discuss issues with other families.

“We want both parents and teens to feel comfortable asking the tough questions,” said Gibson. “That’s what Let’s Talk Month is all about – starting the dialogue.”

The following Let’s Talk events are scheduled for Chatham County: October 15 – Kayton Homes Boys & Girls Club, 7- 8 p.m.

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