Roughly two-thirds of all sexually transmitted diseases occur in young people under the age of 25. STDs affect both males and females. It’s therefore important to consider talking to your children about STDs and why they are so common in teens.
Talking to teens about condoms and other methods of contraception are important steps in helping them avoid STDs and unwanted pregnancies. It’s important that teens understand how pregnancy occurs, the myths of getting pregnant and how to avoid an unwanted pregnancy, preferably by abstinence or by the use of condoms and other birth control methods.
It’s important that you also provide your child with information about date rape and abuse. You should arm your teen with a definition of sexual abuse and what can be classed as abuse.  
In order to protect your child from sexual abuse or date rape, you should ensure she understands the following:
  • Avoid places that are secluded, always go where there are plenty of people and where you feel comfortable
  • Don’t go into a date’s home or invite him to yours unless there are adults present
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel vulnerable, you might be
  • If you have to be rude to get out of a situation then do so. If something doesn’t feel right, confront your date, contact an adult to let them know where you are and leave as soon as you can.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs as they compromise your ability to make responsible decisions
  • Don't keep secrets.  If a peer, parent, or adult asks you to keep a secret from either of your parents then this is unacceptable, particularly if it is to hide something you are uncomfortable with.