I Wanna Know
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sexual health site is run by the American Social Health Association, a nonprofit public health organization. It takes a comprehensive approach to sex education, noting that abstinence is the most effective way to avoid pregnancy and STIs, but providing information on birth control and other sexual health topics as well. There's also a section geared to helping parents talk to their teens about sexual health and relationships. Some of the resources the site links to may be more appropriate for older teens.
What's it about?
Run by the nonprofit American Social Health Association, I WANNA KNOW offers a comprehensive look at sex ed topics like teen pregnancy, STDs, unhealthy relationships, and sexual orientation. The site stresses that abstinence is the best way to avoid getting pregnant or contracting a sexually transmitted disease or infection; however, it doesn’t necessarily discourage sex and also offers birth control and safe sex information. Advice on talking about sex with parents and sexual partners is also included.
Is it any good?
I WANNA KNOW isn't the flashiest site -- there are no videos, quizzes, or interactive features -- but teens looking for advice on sexual health topics will find clear, accurate information. The site is smart to address issues that go beyond "the birds and the bees" -- like relationships and body image -- that are often glossed over in school health classes, despite the critical role they play in many teens' lives.
Families can talk about...
Every family has different opinions on the best approach to discussing sex and sexual health. Talk about your values and expectations when it comes to sex. Some teens are afraid to talk to their parents about sex. Would your teens feel comfortable approaching you if they had a question or concern? Why or why not?
|Subjects:||Social Studies: cultural understanding, exploration |
Language & Reading: reading comprehension, text analysis
|Skills:||Health & Fitness: body awareness, preventing sickness |
Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences, making wise decisions