Good friends can really make the difference, no matter what our age. A friend is someone who will listen, laugh and cry with you. A friend will stick by you. A friend won’t gossip about you behind your back.
Infatuation describes the crazy feeling of being so into someone you can’t think about anything else. You think about their looks, every word they’ve spoken, the way they move, what they wore.
There is a lot of pornography on the internet. Sometimes it pops up on the screen without you looking for it. Security settings on the computer can help prevent this.
More than ever before, you are faced with many choices about which you need to make decisions. So you will really need to know what you’re on about.
Sarah is alone with a guy she really likes. She feels very unsure about having sex with him but it’s hard to say so. So she just tells him she doesn’t want to risk getting pregnant.
Abortion is a tough topic to talk about. People have strong feelings about whether is it right or wrong to end a pregnancy. Some people feel it is completely up to the woman to decide because it is her body and her life.
When I was 17 I was going with a girl called Cassie. We both worked at the local supermarket after school – that’s where we met. Cassie was really good looking and a bit shy, but funny once you got to know her.
The rate of STIs among sexually active teens is very high and very worrying. For example, lots of sexually active young people are infected with Chlamydia, both males and females.
You may have come across stuff in teen magazines about sex and contraception. Maybe you and your friends talk about this from time to time.
The right to be treated with respect.
The right to say no and not feel guilty.