As part of our E-Blast, we recently wrote about websites that offer teens virtual sex education. So what role will the internet play in teaching kids and teenagers about sex? Well, the answer to that question is still unclear, but there are many websites out there that teenagers are visiting to get information and advice on sex and contraception. Some of these websites are a great way for teens to learn more about sex in the privacy of their own homes, while others might not be giving teenagers the most accurate information that they need. Browse through these “sex education” websites and tell us your opinion on sex education in the virtual world, and which websites have the most to offer for today’s youth. Also, are there any informative websites out there that we missed? Let us know!
www.sexetc.org – This website claims to be “Sex Education By Teens, For Teens!” and includes a “Get Tested” section, “FAQs,” “Sex Terms,” and “Forums.”
www.scarleteen.com – One of the most popular sex education websites for teens, it includes information on birth control, safer sex, STDs, and sexual orientation and identification.
– Contains information on birth control, STDs and a “Find a Clinic” section.
– Supposed to be about teenagers’ love life, but includes sections like “The Bitchy Girl Moves Guys Hate” and “Flirty Text Message Ideas!” Their health section includes “Get your Best Butt” and “Keke Palmer’s Dance Move Workout.”
www.teenfad.ph – A website by the Foundation for Adolescent Development, a Filipino non-governmental organization. It includes a blog, chat-a-friend feature, forum and chatrooms, and academic papers on sexuality, health, and adolescence.
www.sexxie.tv – Now endorsed by Reproductive Health (RH) advocates, this website, developed by Singaporean national Dr. Wei Siang Yu, is an interactive online education site that provides live chats, webinars, and information about reproductive and sexuality health concerns for young people.
www.teendiariesonline.com/blog/ – Their “Sex + Relationships + Friendships” category of their blog include entries about not making boys your priority and an advice column about a teen whose friends wanted her to lose her virginity. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much information about contraception or safe sex for the teens reading this website.
www.stayteen.org – The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s website for teens was recently updated to include more features, information, and videos specifically for teens.