Jump to navigation. The law recognizes that children are developmentally not able to make decisions about some things, including when to engage in sexual behaviors. Laws vary by state, but a common age of consent is Engaging in sexual behaviors with someone under the age of consent is illegal and will be treated as criminal sexual conduct.
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As your child grows up and becomes more independent, you might be wondering how old they need to be before they can do certain things. But for certain things, the legal age can be younger. The information in this article is general in nature, and laws differ from state to state. If you stay connected with your child through the teenage years, your child is likely to do better at avoiding pressure to be involved in risky behaviour or illegal activity. Alcohol The minimum age for buying and drinking alcohol in licensed premises like bars, clubs, restaurants and bottle shops is 18 years. In most states and territories, the person supplying the alcohol must also be supervising the child responsibly. Other drugs Using or possessing drugs like crystal meth ice , ecstasy, heroin and cocaine is against the law at any age.
2.18 Sexual activity in children and young people (including under-age sexual activity)
Youth are being told "just don't do it" without being given the opportunity to discuss the positive meanings of sexuality, the characteristics of healthy relationships, or the pleasure derived from sexual behaviors. An inadequate sexual ethic for adolescents, and in some cases complete silence about sexuality in churches, marginalizes and stunts the developing moral agency of youth, at best and, at worst, may thwart abstinence efforts and increase risky sexual behaviors. In response, I propose a developmental sexual ethic which holds social justice as a normative criteria resulting in attentiveness to communal responsibility for adolescents' sexual health. As one way to fulfill the communal obligation to actively promote sexual health, I discuss insights from moral education for designing a more appropriate and accessible sexual ethic with accompanying sexuality education resources to promote adolescents' moral agency and healthy sexual development.
Sexual responsibility means making informed decisions and safer sex choices including abstinence. Being sexually responsible involves respecting your partner, having open communication about all forms of sexual activity, as well as taking precautions against sexually transmitted infections STIs , HIV, and unplanned pregnancy. If you choose to engage in sexual activity, remember safe sex is not always enough. You should strive to practice safer sex. There are many components to safer sex, including:.