Seems like researchers Deborah Schooler, Janna L. Kim, Lynn Sorsoli have discovered a new way to educate adolescents about sex and self esteem. Their study, "Setting Rules or Sitting Down: Parental Mediation of Television Consumption and Adolescent Self-Esteem, Body Image, and Sexuality," published in the latest issue of NSRC's online Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of NSRC, concluded that:
"Adolescents whose parents were more involved in their television viewing reported greater self-esteem and less sexual experience. Among girls, parental television involvement was also associated with greater body satisfaction. Adolescents with parental television restrictions also reported less sexual experience. Findings suggest that parental television involvement
may influence self-esteem and body image, in part by increasing parent-child closeness."
Maybe turning on and watching television with them can be a more effective way to help young people acquire healthy attitudes about their bodies and sexuality than restrictive approaches like abstinence-only sex education classes. Access the full article here.