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Sex, Etc.

on May 15, 2012

Name:Sex, ETC.

URL: http://www.sexetc.org/

Description: Sex, Etc. is part of the Teen-to-Teen Sexuality Education Project developed by Answer, a national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education to young people and the adults in their lives. It includes frank, fact-based information about anatomy, safer sex, resisting sexual pressure, pregnancy options, sexual orientation, and a range of other issues related to sexual health and relationships.

Review: This site is both colorful and engaging and goes way beyond what is simply discussed in schools. One of my favorite features of Sex, Etc. is that it focuses on first-person stories and contains many articles written by teen contributors and edited by staff. Hearing from peers reassures teens that they are not alone when it comes to questions regarding their bodies and sexual health. The site also recognizes the myths and misinformation delivered through media and encourages teens to think critically about what they see and hear. One of the best features of the site is how much interaction there is! After reading articles, users can play games which demonstrate their understanding of what they have learned.

Educational Application: Teens are absorbing information about sex almost on a daily basis. It’s on almost all the magazine covers at the checkout lines of stores, the radio, in music, on TV, and in movies. So how do they know what is a trustworthy source of information? Many teens are afraid of approaching their parents about sex and even “the talk” at school can be a bit unsettling. Teachers and parents can rest assured that the information provided on the Sex, Etc. website is accurate and up-to-date. Although the website is touted as “Sex education by teens, for teens” there is quite a bit of professional moderation to ensure that teens are not given the wrong information.  This is an excellent site for health classes to visit because of the fun, educational games that accompany the articles. The design is engaging without being childish and easy to navigate. The parents and educators link provides training and resources which can accompany the Sex, Etc. site and help parents and educators navigate teens through the topic of sexual health.

Similar/Related Sites of Interest: http://www.avert.org/teens.htm The design of this site is not as cool or teen friendly as Sex, Etc. but it has really great resources and actually links to Sex, Etc!


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