Sex Education

Center for Disease Control – Look under Diseases and Conditions and then Sexually Transmitted Diseases to find out about the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Fifty years ago, there were only 2 known STDs. Today there are over 30. Know what your students are facing!

Unprotected by Miriam Grossman, M.D. (An eye-opening look at some of today’s most controversial issues and how political correctness is hurting our youth. Also a quick, easy read.)

Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children by M.D. Joe McIlhaney Jr. and M.D. Fred McKissic

Questions Kids Ask About Sex by Medical Institute for Sexual Health (Answers them all, and includes helpful tips for developing character in your child.)

Local Data and Statistics

DuPage County Health Department website with local numbers for STDs

Illinois Department of Public Health teen pregnancy data

Youth Development

The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a great place to become educated about youth culture and stay up-to-date on the issues facing your teens (written from faith-based perspective, but with lots of helpful info and links).

Raising Cain by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson

Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher (A psychologist’s look into the minds of adolescent females, and the problems she found with how we raise our daughters to be people-pleasers.)

So Sexy, So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhoood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids by Diane Levin and Jean Kilbourne

The Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries about the Teenage Brain Tell Us About Our Kids by Barbara Strauch