Youth speak about sexuality and technology

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"TECHSexUSA: Youth Sexuality & Reproductive Health in the Digital Age" presents the range of opportunities for improving outreach, services and messaging

Technology has become a powerful medium through which sexual and reproductive health education is disseminated across the U.S. Hundreds of online and mobile programs conduct awareness, outreach, advocacy and parent-engagement activities. However, there is a growing concern about the quality and sustainability of these efforts, particularly for underserved youth populations and their parents.  In March 2011, ISIS, Inc. published “TECHsex USA: Youth Sexuality and Reproductive Health in the Digital Age,” a white paper that provides an overview of the current youth sexual health and digital landscapes, specifically how youth of color use technology, communicate and discuss sexual and reproductive health.

Based on the study’s findings, the authors conclude that “messaging via multimedia digital channels and reinforced by in-person communication with trusted adults has the most potential to reach youth where they are – with messages to which they can relate.”  The white paper reiterates the need and vast array of opportunities the fast-paced environment of digital platforms present practitioners.

Opportunities

  • Youth want more programs that continue to spread the word in their communities, as well as greater access to health services, testing and condoms
  • More accurate information online and via mobile devices
  • Professional stakeholders are interested in collaborating with other professionals (researchers, funders, and interventionists) to share successes, failures, and opportunities

Livia Rojas, MSSW, is the Training and Resource Coordinator in the Campus Program at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) where she provides training and technical assistance to recipients of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking on college and university campuses across the United States and territories. Livia has eleven years of working to advance human rights and student organizing through practice and research.

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  • maria cecilia t. cortado May 4, 2011, 2:04 AM

    this is indeed very informative i will be using it as one of my related literatures in my study…

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