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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this comprehensive sex ed site was created by experts at Rutgers University. It includes frank, fact-based information about anatomy, safer sex, resisting sexual pressure, pregnancy options, sexual orientation, and a range of other issues related to sexual health and relationships. Many of the articles are written by teens (and edited by staff), who share their personal experiences with these topics. The site is geared to both guys and girls.
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What's it about?
Teen writers contribute to Sex, Etc., which helps make it feel approachable and honest; the site also gives teens the chance to help promote sexual education by linking to national organizations like the ACLU. Separate sections offer information on sexual health for both genders. Teens can also learn about sexuality, deciding to have sex for the first time, and teen pregnancy. Videos showcase unhealthy relationships, STD info, and other topics; users can also post questions and comments to the site’s moderated message boards.
Is it any good?
Colorful and engaging, SEX, ETC. goes beyond the birds and the bees -- as its blog is titled -- to share helpful information on staying sexually and emotionally healthy. In addition to advice from experts, the site showcases first-person stories by teen contributors, who represent a diverse array of backgrounds. 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 smartly 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.
Online interaction: Users who register can ask questions, post in forums, comment on articles, and share their stories. Content is moderated before it's published, and interactions are respectful.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about media messages about sex. 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. 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?
How do you know who (or what) is a trustworthy source of information?
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