In his practice, Dr. Dow says the top reason kids have sex too early is that they do not have a strong and stable relationship with their parents.
He suggests to parents who are worried their kids might have sex at too young of an age, to spend more quality time with them. He also encourages parents to educate and speak with their kids about how to protect themselves from STIs and teen pregnancy early on.
He also notes that if a parent has a negative reaction to the topic of sex, that this will communicate to the child that they should not discuss the topic with you, which can lead to misinformation and making poor choices. Dr. Dow stresses the importance of having an open line of communication, without judgment when it comes to sex.
The Doctors also note that contracting an STI at an early age increases someone's risk of infertility and other health complications and they encourage parents to have the sex talk with their kids, try to destigmatize talking about sex and suggest discussing sex with kids before they seek out guidance from their peers or online.
Get tips from The Doctors and Dr. Dow on how to have the sex talk with your kids in the video below.