Online tool for teens

July 9, 2009 1:54:45 PM PDT
If you're trying to get a message to teenagers or pre-teenagers, a good place to start is where they spend a lot of time- on the computer. That's the idea behind a new online tool for teenagers. It's called "It's Your Game; Keep It Real." It's designed to teach middle schoolers sex education.

It's estimated about two-thirds of high school seniors have had sex. So the interactive site, designed by researchers at the University of Texas School of Public Health, helps teach young teens about healthy relationships, abstaining from sex, and about contraceptives and Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

"If they're going to be out doing what they're doing, they need to have knowledge of what they're doing," 18-year-old Melanie Sia Harrison said.

One of the developers says their study results show the tool has helped girls especially in deciding to wait to have sex.

To access "It's Your Game; Keep it Real" visit: www.itsyourgame.org The access code is: b23

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