Teens having sex younger, need better sex ed

The age Australian teens are first having sex is getting younger, prompting a call for increased sexual health education for young people. The sexual activity of Australian teenagers is measured in a national survey by La Trobe University every six years. In the last survey, the percentage of students who reported having had sexual intercourse.. Read more

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Who’s ‘sexting’ who?

Despite parental concerns and media hype, a new study is claiming that the practice of ‘sexting’ is not particularly common amongst teenagers. The University of New Hampshire found that about 1% of surveyed teens had participated in ‘sexting’ – sending sexually explicit images via mobile phone or internet – in the past year. Researchers surveyed.. Read more

The link between alcohol and pop music

Teenagers are being heavily exposed to alcohol brand references in popular music, especially in rap, R&B and hip hop songs. With most references associating with positive consequences, researchers say this may constitute a form of alcohol advertising to underage teens. A study of 793 of the most popular songs in the youth market between 2005.. Read more

Australian teens pressured to ‘sext’

Teenage boys and girls report experiencing media and peer pressure to share sexual images via mobile phones, a practice known as ‘sexting’. Preliminary findings from a University of Melbourne study revealed young people believe a highly sexualised media culture bombarded them with sexualised images, creating pressure to engage in sexting. The boys interviewed for the.. Read more

Early sex may lead to less antisocial behaviour later

Teens who have sex at an early age may not be on the path to self-ruin, but it seems the outcomes might be more positive for those in a committed relationship rather than indulging in casual sex. RELATED: Teenagers and sex – are they emotionally ready? A study has found that teens who have sex.. Read more