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Long County sets workshop on 'the talk'

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POSTED: October 30, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Having "the talk" with teenagers has never been easy. But in today's society of Internet blogs and social Web sites where misinformation is rampant, getting the facts out to teens is more important than ever.
October is Let's Talk Month and the Long County Health Department, along with the Promoting Awareness of Teen Health and Sexuality Coalition, will host a community event that supports parents in their efforts to talk to their children openly and honestly about relationships and sexuality. The event will be 4:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Long County Health Department.
"Let's Talk Month emphasizes the importance of a strong partnership between the community and the family in helping young people develop responsible and positive attitudes about sexuality," said Christina Gibson, Coastal Health District Health Promotion and Disease Prevention director.
The Let's Talk community events are open to parents and their teenagers. The gatherings are designed to provide an opportunity for parents and teens to ask questions and discuss issues with other families.
"We want both parents and teens to feel comfortable asking the tough questions," Gibson said. "That's what Let's Talk Month is all about — starting the dialogue."
 

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