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study done at Roosevelt High School showed that more teens are engaging in safe sex. In 1993, 53 percent of the sexually active teens used condoms, as compared to 1991, in which only 46 percent did. This increase was strongest for minorities, blacks and Hispanics specifically. The data figured nationwide was an increase to 56.5 percent from 48 percent in the condom use of blacks, and Hispanics went from 37.6 percent to 46.1 percent (Hambro 4). A social worker at Planned Parenthood in the Bronx, Deborah Campbell stated, “My general feeling is that condoms are being used, but not consistently, and they’re not being used across the board. Bat a good amount of people are using them, so there’s hope” (Hambro 4). Lori Sukenik-Kursun, the clinical manager at Roosevelt High

School’s health center, said that approximately 75 percent of the students she sees are sexually active. “We push condoms here. Every time they visit, I ask if they are sexually active, and I always suggest they use condoms.” She knows though that some do not comprehend the risks, and when she performs gynecological exams on female students, half of them have sexually transmitted diseases. “Some of the girls are so mature and so well-read, and some just don’t have a clue” (Hambro 4). Today, sex is discussed in everyday life and is looked at as a social topic. At many social gatherings, it would not be strange for sexual topics to arise, whether it be in a school gym locker room or at a party. The media stresses the lenient attitudes people have toward sex. Newspapers

and television report on sexual research, while books and magazines focus on “the pleasure and problems of sexual situations” (Duvall 336). Many people feel that sex is talked about too often in the media. They are afraid that children’s selective listening will cause them to view sex only as being a pleasurable action and ignore the consequences that are described to be connected with it, such as teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, which make it a dangerous action as well. There are federal laws prohibiting pornography, but due to the argument over the laws violating the First Amendment, it can only be prevented to a certain extent (Schauer 650). Satellite and cable channels, such as the Playboy channel and the Spice channels, can be blocked off of a

television under a parent’s request. Many parents just block off the channels as a way to push the topic of sex to the side and not have to discuss it with their children. Parents shouldn’t just block off the channel and trying to convince themselves then that their child will never see sexual activity and therefore will not think of engaging in it. Instead the parent should stop avoiding the subject and discuss sex, especially safe sex, with child so that way they can be the first to let them know the right information. That way, if they hear from a friend that it’s a fun activity, the child will know the risks and be able to inform the friend of them too. Safe sex is an important topic for parents and children to discuss. When a daughter goes to a mother with a problem in

her relationship, the mother should bring up the topic of sex and make sure that when her daughter is sexually active that she protects herself from both sexually transmitted diseases and an unwanted teenage pregnancy. Burt, John J. “Sex education.” The World Book Encyclopedia, S-Sn, 336-337. Chicago: WorldBook, Inc., 1990. Bynum, Russ. “Study says moms can encourage safe sex.” The Seattle Times 2 Oct. 1998: A6. Duvall, Evelyn M. “Sex.” The World BookEncyclopedia, S-Sn, 334-336. Chicago: World Book,Inc., 1990. Hambro, Sarah. “High school teens support sex and condums.” The Bronx Beat 13 March 1995: Jehle, Alayna. “Mothers, Daughters, and Safe Sex.” Unpublished Survey, 1998. Schauer, Frederick. “Obscenity and pornography.” The World BookEncyclopedia, N-O,

334-336. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1990.