Sex Education Goes Online to Reach Teens
January 25, 2008
More than 300 people gathered this week in San Francisco for the SexTech conference. Organizers staged the meeting to explore how the technology popular with today's teens -- such as social networking sites, video games, and text messaging -- can be used to convey facts about sex and health.
Young people are "looking for information on sex online and on their cell phones, so let's make it available to them in a legitimate way," said Deb Levine, executive director of Oakland's Internet Sexuality Information Services (ISIS), which organized the meeting. Among projects under discussion:
"There are important issues of privacy that technology can overcome," said Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, director of the San Francisco Department of Health's STD Prevention and Control division. "People can access information privately and remain anonymous."
But in addition to opportunities, those in attendance acknowledged persistent challenges, such as retaining funding for often-controversial sex education projects, and the difficulty of keeping current with continually evolving technology.
San Francisco Chronicle
01.24.2008; Ellen Lee
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.