I Wanna Know
By Susan Yudt,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Frank sexual health site from a trustworthy organization.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn sexual health basics in different sections that offer information on how STDs are contracted, defining sexual orientation, teen pregnancy, and other topics. The site doesn't tell teens what to do, but it definitely takes a cautious stance toward having sex. Tips on talking to parents (and potential sexual partners) about sex are also included, along with advice on having a healthy relationship. Don't expect a ton of fun extras -- there aren't many interactive elements. However, the content is presented in a direct, clear way. I Wanna Know will resonate with teens looking for accurate information to make informed decisions.
The site encourages teens to take charge of their sexual health and to talk with a healthcare provider about any sexual health concerns or questions they may have. It also provides helpful advice about self-esteem, healthy relationships, and peer pressure.
Violence & Scariness
The site addresses sexual abuse and assault.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The site includes accurate, frank information on anatomy, sexual behavior, birth control, pregnancy options (parenting, adoption, and abortion), and other sexual health topics.
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There's no profanity; the site uses some sexual slang to explain terms. (For example: "The correct medical term for 'blue balls' is vasocongestion.")
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The site provides cautionary messages about drugs and alcohol, including how they can lead to poor decision-making about sex.
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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.
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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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about self-esteem and the role the media plays in shaping body image (for both girls and boys).
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
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: High School
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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