By what age do most teens become sexually active?

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Most teenagers in America have sex for the first time, have sexual intercourse at about age 17. So it differs by socioeconomic class and race and ethnicity and that sort of thing. But generally speaking, sex, intercourse at 17. Kids engage in sexual activity, however, starting usually at about 13 or so. And if you think about your own growing up and when you were in high school, and when kids started making out and having boyfriends and getting seriously sexually active, it was usually about then. By the time kids are age 13 - 16 they really start to develop their sexual muscles, so they are fooling around, they are making out with their boyfriends, or in some cases with people they don't know well at all. So it's important for your kids to know this and to know it's typical and common, and for you as a parent to know what to expect in terms of your kid's sexual activity.

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Despite her 16 years of experience as a sexual health educator, Amy Lang found herself completely tongue-tied when her four year old son had "something very important" to tell her about his penis. Shocked by her discomfort, she realized if she was struggling, other parents must be too. Amy also holds an MA in Applied Behavioral Science and her focus was in adult education and group facilitation. She decided to combine her love of sex talking and her love of working with adults and started Birds + Bees + Kids in 2006.

Amy is a three time Mom’s Choice Award winner for her book, Birds + Bees + YOUR Kids - A Guide To Sharing Your Beliefs About Sexuality, Love and Relationships and DVD, Birds + Bees + Kids - The Basics. She is also the author of the book, Say What?! The Birds + Bees for Progressive Parents - What to Say and How to Say It!

She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Seattle Magazine, Parent Map magazine and has contributed to a gazillion other publications. Sex advice guru Dan Savage says “Amy is a parent’s best friend-with-benefits when it comes to talking to kids about sex.” 

Though Birds + Bees + Kids, Amy helps parents of all beliefs have easy, open and effective conversations about sexuality, love and relationships with their kids. She offers talks, workshops, one-on-one consultations and live webcasts. Amy is also the co-founder of MamaCON - Inspiration and Tools for Modern Moms, a conference supporting the hard work of moms everywhere.

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