We honestly wish that more parents actually deigned to read our site; we do not condone minors biting and drinking each other’s blood. We do believe in the right to safely practice Sanguinarianism, –but that’s because we believe in the right to safely practice and participate in any culture/philosophy/religion. It’s that whole “American” thing, –if you like it, and it doesn’t hurt anyone, and doesn’t break any laws, then sure, go for it. But at some point, you have to draw a line, and while kids biting each other and drinking each other’s blood is pretty disturbing, there are things that parents can do, –other than express outrage to their local news media. It’s stuff like this, from CBS News in Columbia, SC, that really irks me:
“Yes, as unbelievable as it sounds, there’s a vampire movement afoot thanks to the glamorous portrayal of teen vampires on the Twilight series and The Vampire Diaries and the popularity of HBO’s True Blood.
Besides the serious bacterial dangers of human bites, it can be a mode of HIV transmission that’s not covered in most sex ed classes.”
No advice on how to deal, just “kids are biting each other, it’s dangerous.” No shit? On top of that, I have to say: there’s been a vampire movement “afoot” for a very long time. The vampire culture has existed longer than VD, Twilight, and True Blood.
I’ve compiled a list actually, of ideas for parents who might be lost. And this is for kids too. If you guys really want to bite each other, you ought to know how dangerous it is.
Talk to a doctor. Stop reading online. All these stories are just going to sensationalize the real cause and effect. As about the possibility of bruising a major artery (which can be fatal if left untreated), bacterial infections caused by foreign saliva entering the blood stream, possibilities of blood poisoning, and blood-borne diseases. Sure, parents, you might know your kids’ friends, and you’re sure that they don’t have HIV, –but the fact is, most people who have blood borne diseases, like Hepatitis C, HIV and AIDS, don’t know they have it until they’re hospitalized.
Talk to your kids, explain the health risks. Try not to enforce your views, –biting is okay, if done safely, without drawing blood, -away- from major arteries. Biting is sexual expression, and you’re going to have to face this sooner or later moms and dads, –teenage years are very experimental, and you know this from experience. The days when fetishism, deviancy, and sexual subcultures were kept secret, are fast fading out of view, and these things are all very much a part of every day life. Talking about safely biting is a great way to talk about safe sex; the same principles apply, since biting is just one form of foreplay.
Finally, all that’s left to say really, is be careful what you expose your kids to; don’t allow the media to make you feel guilty for not trusting your kids enough, and then let them do what they want. You shouldn’t trust your kids, especially if they’re under 18. Because by the age of 15, they’ve perfected their skills for subterfuge, and they’ll use it. Get involved, stay involved, and don’t be afraid to be tough. You have to be, these are your kids, and no one else is going to raise them for you.