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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scarleteen is a sexual health site that's educational and medically accurate, but sometimes explicit. Parents' comfort level will probably depend on how much they think their teens should know about sexuality. The site includes information that's geared toward younger teens (articles about self-esteem and puberty, for example) as well as more "adult" topics that aren't normally addressed in sex-ed classes (like sexual pleasure). The site has a feminist and pro-choice approach to topics and explains its philosophy as "a nonjudgmental and unbiased attitude of acceptance, tolerance, and understanding for young people, whether they choose to be sexually active or not." Content also touches on sexual identity, parenting, and other topics.
It's okay. It has good information, but I have disagreed with the owner and her staff
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For Mature Teens going through Puberty
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What’s It About?
Teens have several ways of finding information on SCARLETEEN. Some items are highlighted under a "we're crushing on" header -- such as a piece that stresses there's no one right time to start dating and an interview with a Texas-based abortion access group member. Content is also grouped by topic, like sexual health or gender. Items address relationships, sexuality, and other subjects, at times in response to questions. Kids can also post on message boards about similar topics or chat in real-time with staff and volunteers during certain hours.
Is It Any Good?
Billing itself as "sex ed for the real world," this site's frank, nonjudgmental approach to talking about sex features a cheeky style and conversational tone that should appeal to older teens. Some of Scarleteen's subject matter may be controversial -- in addition to informative pieces on pelvis-related medical issues, there's also content that addresses foreplay -- but the information provided is accurate and can give teens get a better understanding of their bodies and their sexual feelings. Some of the numerous topics covered range from sexual identity to sexual politics and the science behind bodily changes. Efforts have also been made to be inclusive, with content mentioning, for instance, how to talk about a disability and a first-person account of being bisexual. In addition to question-and-answer-style write-ups, items also are written in some creative formats, such as an article that breaks sexual activities down by high, moderate, or low STI risk.
The advice on relationships and emotional health is particularly insightful, from tackling stereotypes like "real men don't cry" to exploring options for teens seeking psychotherapy -- subjects kids' health classes might not have addressed. Teens can also get a more personalized experience through the site's message boards, where they can post under headings such as Gender or Supporting Each Other, or by texting the site's messaging service. They can also chat live with a volunteer or staff member, who are available for conversations during certain hours Monday through Saturday. Message board users are generally respectful, and staff and volunteer moderators keep an eye on the boards -- which seems to help that aspect of Scarleteen remain as positive and encouraging as the rest of the site.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about media messages about sex, including some of the topics mentioned on Scarleteen. What TV shows or movies depict sex and relationships in a way that's realistic?
Every family has different opinions on the best approach to discussing sex and sexual health, but what are your values and expectations when it comes to sex? Some teens are afraid to talk to their parents about sex, but would your teens feel comfortable approaching you if they had a question or concern? Why or why not?
How do you know who (or what) is a trustworthy source of information about sex and sexual health?
- Subjects: Science: biology
- Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, integrity, learning from consequences, making wise decisions, Health & Fitness: body awareness, mental health, Emotional Development: handling stress, identifying emotions, self-awareness, Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, Self-Direction: personal growth, self-reflection
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: December 13, 2022
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