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Using the Internet For Sex Education

Would You Use the Internet For Sex Education?

Jamie Lynn Spears's pregnancy at 16 is being splashed across the internet and tabloids. It is being blamed on her upbringing and her sister's influence — but what about the sex education that American teens are failing to get in school and at home? Whether it's abstinence-only education that certain states are getting, or just an inability to effectively reach people, something's wrong if teen birth rates are up for the first time in 15 years (according to the CDC). What we do know is that teens are online more and more, and the sex educators at the ongoing SexTech conference in San Francisco want to use that to their advantage, SF Gate reports. They want to use the internet for sex ed, more than the ability to Google info, by utlizing text messages, podcasts, and computer games to exploit the comfort of anonymity to get real information about sex into kids. I think this would be useful for teens and anyone needing to know something they are reticent to call their doctor up and ask. Would you use this?

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kissmesteph kissmesteph 9 years
I think there's definitely benefits to using the internet for sex ed. While I don't think it's a replacement for sex ed in schools or from parents, I think that it's a place where young people can enquire about things without feeling as awkward, or afraid of being judged. I think it needs to be coming from school, home, and online to be as effective as possible.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
I think there's a big difference between sex education and porn, however, I've got an idea: Why don't we teach the children what they need to know in school! However, since no one seems to get that, I think it's great there's information out there, but they still need to know where to go, so they don't get the wrong information.
Cris1192 Cris1192 9 years
My parents told me I could aske them anything, but when I asked what 69 meant they got so uncomfortable that they acted like they didn't hear me...I pretty much learned it from the internet at
JessNess JessNess 9 years
There is a website set up through the sociology department at UCSB that is all about sex. It is called SexInfo They actually have solid information and their goal is to put out true information. People from all over the world send in questions that they answer. They have articles on EVERYTHING possible and more about sex
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
While it'd be helpful to find answers if one were shy about asking, the whole internet is not created equal. It can't substitute for a good class with a good teacher. There is a LOT of misinformation out there. Not to mention predators who'd be all too happy to prey on curious teens. Wierdos, lies, BS, and porn aplenty.
KuKi KuKi 9 years
I would use it. It would be way more comfortable for some people for things that might be quite embarrassing to ask.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
I think it's an excellent idea.
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
i never took sex ed, i just learned from my older sistser (older by 19 years) and my parents. i don't trust the internet. plus, i mean... condom commercials / stds they teach in health class and it was all pretty apparent to me.
omilawd omilawd 9 years
I went to scarleteen to get the answers to my sex questions. They were way too embarrassing to ask in sex ed class in front of everyone else, and there's no way I would've go to my parents about it.
xugglybug xugglybug 9 years
I had a decent sex education at school (albeit very confusing: lessons were delivered by the nun who taught us Religious Education as well; the memories of her demonstrating use of a condom by strapping a purple and pink marble effect 9" dildo to herself will never fade...) so I didn't really have any problems with learning about it myself. That said, the idea of using the Internet to teach sex ed scares me a little: of course, the authorities will try and do it in a responsible manner ... but way to encourage kids to look for (and others to make and publish) porn!
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
yea, and a great site for it is i learned a lot from it.
Lambsauce Lambsauce 9 years
My parents are the uber-conservative tight-lipped here's-how-babies-are-made-now-let-us-never-speak-of-that-again type, so the internet WAS how I learned about sex. (No, it didn't end badly. I went to sites like and the like.)
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