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What happens when you take the sex out of sexuality education

I recently attended the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s annual conference and learned all sorts of interesting things and had great conversations with lots of people! Several of the sessions I attended were about language and how to discuss sexuality education in ways that calms people’s nerves, opens them up to further conversation, and […]

Why we need sex ed now!

This is a great graphic!  And there is a special section all dedicated to Texas about half way down.

Those crazy teenagers! What do they think they’re doing?

What is it about teenagers that drives their parents so crazy? I had a mother of two young teenage boys in my office this morning, bewailing the very typical actions of her sons.  By all accounts her sons are good kids – they (generally) listen to her and (eventually) do ask she asks them to.  […]

Internet Issues – Conclusions

Over the last two weeks I’ve been talking about a pretty fabulous report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education about the potential ethical issues many teenagers face when interacting online and in social media – and the benefits and pitfalls associated with the issues.  This report is one of the best academic reviews of […]

Internet Issues and Credibility

I am still writing about the Harvard Graduate School of Education report on young people, ethics, and social media.  My series started with an introduction, and I have so far delved into the topics of identity, privacy, and ownership/authorship.  I am boiling down the report to a quicker read for those who don’t want to […]

Internet Issues and Ownership/Authorship

Busy, busy day today, folks, so if you want background on today’s post, go look at yesterday’s post. The report that I’ve been talking about presents the complex issue of ownership and authorship thusly: Offline, ownership and authorship are well-define concepts, protected by law and reinforced by cultural norms in corporations and schools…  For various […]

Internet Issues and Privacy

On Monday I introduced a report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education called Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media (go to Monday’s post to download the report in its entirety).  The authors contend that there are five primary issues to address and investigate at the intersection of these three forces: identity (which […]

Internet Issues and Identity

Yesterday I talked about a 2008 report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education called Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media (go to Monday’s post to download the article in its entirety).  The authors identified five key issues in regards to the topic: identity privacy ownership and authorship credibility participation This report worked […]

Internet Issues

The Internet is a huge, hulking thing with so many nooks and crannies it can be hard to know where you are, much less know where your children are.  I have heard many horror stories about the Internet, and just as many stories of supportive networks and friends who use online media as a way […]

Conception, contraception, and … Superheroes!

I have a lovely little jar that I pass around my college classes.  I call it my Jar’o’Sex.  When I pass the jar around, each student must write an anonymous question and put it in the jar.  Often the semester starts off with lots of questions, and then they slow to a trickle and eventually […]