Parents' Guide to

It's Your (Sex) Life

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Frank, helpful sexual-health resource covers all the basics.

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MTV's It's Your (Sex) Life website provides an overview of most of the major topics that sexually active (or about-to-be sexually active) teens may wonder about including which methods prevent pregnancy, which don't, how sexually transmitted diseases are contracted, and how to have safe sex. The information is presented in an easy-to-digest format, using statistics that drive the point home; Q&A-type sections; short video conversations; and fact-or-fiction breakdowns that clear up common pregnancy and other myths. The site doesn't encourage kids to become sexually active; abstinence is presented as a beneficial option, as well as the best way to prevent STDs.

Except for a weekly relationship blog, most of the content is static, and users can't interact on the site. That makes it a safer experience -- but it also doesn't give users too many reasons to come back on a regular basis. The site may not be something your teen checks daily; but when issues arise, it can serve as a helpful resource. In a perfect world, kids would come to you with every body, sex, and relationship question. In the one we live in, that may not always happen -- but parents can rest assured that kids turning to It's Your (Sex) Life will find clear, informational answers.

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