Digital Media and Adolescent Sexual Health
Research suggests that adolescents aged 8 to 18 years spend an average of 6 to 11 hours per day with some form of media. Research also suggests that the Internet is among the most popular sources of information that adolescents use to learn about sexual and reproductive health. Other important sources are friends and family, schools, and health professionals. Adolescents are actively searching for accurate, helpful, in-depth information about sex and sexual health that they can trust. This evidence summary highlights the benefits and potential challenges to using digital media to learn about sexual health and provides recommendations for using digital media for sexual health interventions. A short list of useful online sexual health websites is also included.
Messages for Parents: Five to Eight Years
Information Card, Revised 2019
This information card has been developed to support parents in their role as the primary sexual health educators of their children.
It is important that parents engage their children in sexual health discussion at an early age, beginning with teaching the proper terminology of body parts. Early introduction of the topic increases the confidence and comfort of both the parents and children to talk about sexual health at later years.SKU: 7-206
Mike’s Crush for Families: Teaching Relationship Skills to Adolescents with Autism, Asperger’s, or Intellectual Disabilities
Adolescents who have disabilities want and need friendships and romantic relationships, just like their peers. It is important to learn relationship skills during adolescence so that when mistakes are made, there is a safety net in place. The goal of this DVD and accompanying booklet is to teach adolescents and young adults with autism, Asperger’s, or intellectual disabilities about healthy relationships.SKU: 7-V-725
This video will help students start to discuss the decisions involved in having sex for the first time, including birth control, condoms, abuse, consent, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and more. Discussion questions for instructors are also included. The video is fast-paced, with quick interview clips.SKU: 7-V-720