Because parents shouldn’t have to navigate the teen years on their own. Media Aware Parent was designed by experts to empower parents to help their teens to make informed and healthy decisions! Talking with teens about relationships, sex, and media can feel overwhelming, and parents want to have accurate and complete information. That’s why Media Aware Parent contains medically-accurate information and proven techniques to helps parents have effective conversations with their teens about relationships, sex, and media.
And most importantly, it works! In a randomized controlled trial of more than 300 parent-child pairs, Media Aware Parent was shown to improve communication between parents and teens, improve teens’ sexual and relationship health outcomes, and more9.
After parents completed Media Aware Parent, both they and their teens reported improved communication with each other. Parents were able to help their children feel more positive about communicating about sexual health, both within their family and with medical professionals. Furthermore, parents were able to better communicate their values. Teens were less likely to think their parent approved of them being sexually active (an important deterrent of early sexual behavior) and were more aware of their family’s media rules.
Teens of parents who used Media Aware Parent also felt more positive and confident about using protection if/when they decide to be sexually active. The program also improved media literacy skills for teens and parents. Teens and parents reported more critical thinking about the messages that media send and were less likely to accept unhealthy media messages as a complete source of information.
Finally, Media Aware Parent received rave reviews from parents, who overwhelmingly agreed that it was more helpful, more comprehensive, and easier to use than other available resources to help parents communicate with their teens. A full 98% of parents surveyed said they would recommend Media Aware Parent over other resources. Parents also reported that they learned new things and were comfortable with the online format of the program.
Media Aware Parent is an interactive, easy-to-use, and effective resource for 21st century parents. Go beyond “the talk” and become a Media Aware Parent!