When Your Teen Masturbates, What Do You Do?

Teen masturbating can be very dangerous if not handled properly and can create some very serious consequences for the teenager as well as their family. Often times it is not uncommon for a teen to have conflicts with their parents or in their peer groups because of their inappropriate behavior. Even the slightest suggestion of masturbation can get them into hot water with their parents or in school, which can cause all sorts of trouble. Read on to discover some of the more serious consequences of teen masturbating.

Teens may start out masturbating very innocently, but this can quickly get out of hand. Often times it becomes an obsession and then the behavior begins to escalate. Many teens get caught up in pornography or feel the need to look at porn when they don’t really need to. This can lead to the teen suffering from low self esteem and even depression. They may also feel the need to look at porn constantly and eventually expose themselves to eroticism. They can become very confused about their behavior and feel like they are going against their parents‘ wishes.

There are some good tips that can help a teen when it comes to masturbation. First of all, if your teen masturbates online, block the site or don’t let them access it when they are on your computer. If you know that your teen is thinking about masturbation but doesn’t want to talk to you about it, try to offer them the alternative of looking at porn or getting a massage instead. This will make the masturbation less likely to progress into the dangerous sex thing that everyone thinks it is. Many teens that are caught masturbating by their parents end up in therapy and often learn better communication skills. If the masturbation in question can be explained away as normal teen behavior then there is no problem.

It may be a different story if your teen masturbates in front of you or to others. If this is happening, be sure to talk to your teen about this in a very open and non-threatening manner. Many times teens will attempt suicide or run away from home if they are discovered masturbating. If you are around this type of situation and realize it may be harming your teen, try not to make fun of them. They may be feeling ashamed or even embarrassed about it and this can lead to a downward spiral that leads to more problems.

In some cases your teen may feel uncomfortable when you tell them to stop. Instead, try to talk with them about the benefits of masturbation. They may feel more comfortable explaining it to you. If they feel that you respect their feelings, they will feel better about telling their peers about their activity. At the very least, the peer pressure should keep your teen from trying anything they have heard on the web which may lead to more dangerous behavior.

One positive note is that there are several treatment options available for teens who may feel uncomfortable talking to their parents about masturbation. These range from medication to counseling to simple exercises designed to strengthen the body and improve confidence. If your teen masturbates and does not feel they need any further guidance, you may be able to teach them how to get started safely. The important thing is not to make the activity painful or take advantage of your teen in any way.