Most parents want to know why this happened. Why did their teen sexually harm someone else? There is almost never a single reason why a teen engages in illegal sexual behavior. More often such behavior is the result of many factors. Following are the most common reasons. Most adolescents are curious about sex. Some of them will take advantage of an opportunity to find out more—with younger children. The police may charge them, and even arrest them, perhaps at school, and take them into custody and that they may be held in detention and charged as a delinquent, or in some cases, with an adult crime. They also may not know that there are additional legal and other consequences for such behaviors can be devastating to them, the person they offended, as well as their families and friends. Research tells us that all teenagers are immature and impulsive to some degree.
The Myth of Teens Having Sex (And Lots of It)
SafeToNet has screened more than 65m texts sent since November and found that girls aged 10, rather than teenage boys, as they had expected, use the most explicit and potentially harmful sexual language. The SafeToNet app looks for language indicating sexual talk, abuse, aggression and thoughts about suicide and self-harm. It applies a threat level to each and year-old girls were the most prominent in category 3 of sexual references, which relates to the most explicit and harmful language. In December, it emerged that more than 6, children under 14 have been investigated by police for sexting offences in the past three years, including more than of primary school age. We think it is a rite of passage and is related to that rather than actual sexual activity. SafeToNet also found that while girls in general use more sexually explicit language than boys, boys are more abusive and aggressive, and children fear bullying the most on a Sunday evening.
But concerns about virginity and teen sex are not necessarily backed by the data and not every adolescent is in a pact to lose their v-card before college. The reality is that only about half of teenagers have sex before high school graduation, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that figure has not changed for over a decade. W hile the data may quell some concerns, it raises new ones for parents as well. The percent of virgins in high school is a trend that has remained pretty consistent since , CDC data suggests. Only about 1 in 4 ninth graders report that they have ever had sex. That figure climbs steadily throughout high school, culminating in the 12th grade, when about 60 percent claim to have had sex. If nothing else, this data debunks the myth that high schoolers are all sexually active — nearly half are still virgins by graduation! It is important for parents to convey this information to their children, to help combat the pressure they may feel to have sex before they are emotionally ready. But we do have the next best thing: a side-by-side comparison of the percentage of heterosexual and homosexual teens who report having had sex at least once. The data highlights the importance of educators and psychologists devising specific interventions for sexual minority teens.
In Part 1 , we looked at the components of sexual readiness. The following are common reasons why people choose to have sex. Some are specific to young people, while others may be found at all age levels. For one, there are many ways to experience physical pleasure that do not involve having sex. What is maturity? Having sex will not make you mature. In fact, one of the key components of maturity is responsible decision-making. Being an adult is much more about the choices you make and the values you establish than about isolated actions. But having sex is a brand new decision each time. The resistance our decision-making inertia comes up against is thought — thinking about the choices we make and why.