Use Video Scenarios to Open the Lines of Communication Between Girls and Their Families

A mother embracing her teen daughter.

Research has shown that when young women have open lines of communication with parents and caregivers, they fare better in school and are less likely to abuse substances or get pregnant. But sometimes parents have a tough time talking to daughters as they approach puberty.

Family and youth workers can help by offering "Communication Skills Building for Parents of Preteen Girls," a program developed by the Office on Women's Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. The program is meant for small groups of parents and caregivers led by a facilitator. Through videos tailored toward African-American and Hispanic families, you can show parents how to discuss topics such as

  • dating
  • appropriate dress
  • Internet dangers
  • peer pressure
  • time management

The facilitators' guide will guide you through the process of developing constructive conversations around each topic. The guide also includes discussion questions, information about how to use the videos, and a planning checklist.


9-5 pm Eastern