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Teen Sex-Ed Resources For, Oh, Oh, Those Summer Nights

Summer is a time when kids claim more independence. And parents worry about keeping them out of trouble. A new generation of resources covers topics like puberty, consent and STDs.
Source: LA Johnson

Waylon Faulkner, a 12-year-old from Jersey City, N.J., is headed off to a sleepaway camp in upstate New York this summer.

"Boys and girls are completely intermingled except for sleeping," says his mother, Genevieve. "And the ages are mixed, which I think is good. It's 9 to 15."

In that kind of atmosphere, and in the throes of puberty, Genevieve knows that stuff might happen.

"Maybe he'll get his first kiss — who knows? I kinda hope so," she says. "I know he's ready. I know he wants it. He gets crushes on

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