It may be that a boy, or his partner, has religious beliefs that shape attitudes about premarital sex. However, the decision to have sex should be that of the son and his partner.

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It’s the conversation parents have to have; but talking to your son about sex can be both difficult and embarrassing. In this exclusive book extract, Dr Tim Hawkes reveals how you can navigate your way with ease.

This is particularly important in relation to losing one’s virginity.

Understandably, this is an experience that most want to remember with some fondness.

It is also worth remembering that you don’t have to go overseas to encounter different cultural perspectives on premarital sex. It is also worth noting that anyone who takes sexual advantage of another when their partner’s judgement is impaired through disability, alcohol or drugs can find themselves in prison. Sex obtained by blackmail, threats or harassment is also illegal and is morally abhorrent.

Parents must be sure to share these obvious facts with their son, because some boys still don’t get it. There are some predatory people who seek sex for their own satisfaction rather than to provide mutual enjoyment.

Teenage sex can be a social and emotional minefield for boys, so it is essential that parents ensure they are well prepared.

The birds-and-bees chat is a must between parent and son.

Those who want sex have often learned the rhetoric to get it.