Sex, Etc.

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
Sex, Etc. Website Poster Image
Smart sex-ed site puts spotlight on teen contributors.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about STD testing, sexual orientation, birth control, and body image on this extensive site. The love and relationships section addresses questions about crushes and the difference between love and lust; other sections touch on drug and alcohol use, decision making, and emotional issues. Parents may be relieved to know Sex, Etc. won’t tell teens what to do, but it will, however, offer plenty of resources to help them make a decision. From comics to quizzes, Sex, Etc. provides lifestyle and sexual health information in a direct but friendly tone.

Positive Messages

The site encourages teens to take care of their sexual and emotional health, to seek help when they need it, and to respect others. A diverse array of teens are represented, from a Christian teen writing about struggles with homophobia to a first-person article about sexuality and disability.

Violence

The site addresses bullying, rape, abusive relationships, self-injury, and similar topics.

Sex

Provides medically accurate information on anatomy, STDs, birth control, pregnancy, masturbation, abortion, adoption, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other issues related to sex and health.

Language

When asking questions, teens sometimes use sexual slang instead of clinical terms for body parts or sex acts.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are cautionary messages about drinking, smoking, and using drugs -- including how they can be detrimental to sexual and emotional health.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 11 year old Written byResponsibleParentOf9 December 31, 2012

No, no, no!

This website is not for teenagers! It is for mindless adults because it has too much sexual content!
Adult Written bysuvee August 13, 2014

Focused on the User

This is a site that will be used.
Teen, 15 years old Written byMr. Critic October 6, 2011

This site tries to make itself a safe target, but instead fails.

Sex, Etc. Is an easily accessible site that offers advice on sex and puberty for teens. Unfortunately, the site implies that having sex is OK as long as you use... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMillyMolly September 15, 2011

ok

This site isn't bad. It goes into a lot of detail, but many teens are going to have to find out sooner or later. It gives the right info though. It depends... Continue reading

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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