Our expert says:
Its great that you are concerned, but try not to be too concerned, as that helps none of you. Especially if he is not yet sexually active or planning to be, this is an excellent time to have some warm, CALM, friendly chats about sex, what he thinks and hears about it, and how one can best handle the issues it raises. This includes isues of peer pressure and how they deal with that.
As Purple usefully reminds us, while frank sexual nformation ( from a good book, if necessary ) should be a part of sex education at home, it should also always include a discussion of issues of ethics and moral ideals of the family tradition.
Providing coherent ideal ( not just forbidding things ) and an open and frank relationship, are the best contraceptives
Providing condoms or contraceptives on their own is a bad idea, and may indeed give the wrong message - but after the recommended discussions have begin to become comfortable, suggest making contraception available, while making it clear this is meant not to encourage sexual activity, which they'll have many, many years to enjoy, so there need be no sense of urgency, but as a safety precaution in an appropriate situation
I rather like qwerty's suggestion, if it would work in your home ( some kids would shrivel in embarrassment on finding a bo of condoms, as they may feel uneasy about the idea that mom or dad "do it" or indeed have ever done it !
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