Parents' Guide to

Sex, Etc.

By Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Smart sex-ed site puts spotlight on teen contributors.


A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Focused on the User

This is a site that will be used.

This title has:

Great messages
age 18+

No, no, no!

This website is not for teenagers! It is for mindless adults because it has too much sexual content!

This title has:

Too much sex

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
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  • Unclear whether this product displays personalised advertising.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

While there aren't a ton of bells and whistles to wow teens, the comprehensive content extends far beyond the birds and the bees, offering helpful information on sexual and emotional health. In addition to commentary from experts, Sex, Etc. showcases first-person stories from teen contributors. Some have contributed to the site for a few years and share accounts of being an LGBTQ ally, birth control use, and unplanned pregnancy. Hearing from their peers can reassure teens that they're not alone when it comes to questions about their bodies, trouble with bullies, pressure to have sex, and other common concerns. The site also wisely recognizes that the media can be a major source of myths and misinformation about sex and encourages teens to think critically about what they see and hear.

Teens will get other useful information, such as conversation starters that can help them bring up sexuality-based topics with their parents or the person they're dating. A hyperlinked map of the U.S. offers information on issues like the age of consent, birth control availability, and abortion rights by state, and some other resources, including a searchable family planning clinic tool from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, are accessible through the site. Teens can also view videos created by Sex, Etc. and other entities -- such as public service announcements -- and check out a limited amount of interactive items, including poll questions and a game that challenges them to drag the steps involved in putting a condom on into the correct order. But reading is the primary activity -- although the site design offers kids a chance to share their feelings at times. Users who register, for instance, can comment on blog posts and articles. Although that type of format can, and sometimes does, go awry on websites that contain sensitive subject matter, Sex, Etc. interactions are generally respectful -- and much like the site's overall vibe, a number stress empowerment and staying positive.

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