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Planned Parenthood Educators: Resources: Digital Tools

New Digital Tools to Enhance Sexuality Education

Planned Parenthood Federation of America has developed a set of 9 digital tools to provide sex education on mobile phones. You may be looking for new and compelling ways to reach teens or may face situations when you will not have enough time with a group to cover key content. The tools can help!

These tools

  • Were developed to combine the science of what helps young people to engage in healthy behaviors and what young people like to do online.
  • Were designed for both younger and older adolescents with an emphasis on ensuring they are relevant to African-American and Latino youth who experience significant disparities in sexual and reproductive health.
  • Went through a rigorous development process that included: focus groups with young people across the country; a national advisory board of experts in adolescent development, effective health interventions, and digital efforts that are successful in reaching teens; beta-phase testing through in-person user testing groups and a digital marketing campaign that reached nearly 50,000 youth (mainly conducted via Facebook).
  • Have been actively used by teens. Completion rates for the tools were high and young people spent an average of 4 minutes per tool—2 minutes more than the average time spent on health apps. We are hoping to identify funding for an efficacy trial of tool effectiveness in the near future.

Educators can use these 9 digital tools to complement their existing lessons and programs. Your students can find links to all of them at: Apps for Teens. In addition, we hope you will recommend the tools to other youth serving professionals in schools and communities that will be able to integrate them into their work.

 

Tool for All Teens

awkwardornot.jpgAwkward or Not?
Take this quiz to find out how ready your parents are to talk to you about dating and sex.
awkwardornotapp.org 

 

Teens explore their feelings about talking to their parents about sex and relationships and are encouraged to start the conversation.

Topic:

  • parent-child communication

Applications:

  • Ask participants to take the quiz between sessions and process the experience in the next session (e.g. use as “homework”).
  • Encourage participants to text or email their parents to start the conversation.

Tools for Middle School Aged Teens

lovepersonalityapp.jpgWhat's Your Love Personality? (For Girls) 
Take this quiz to find out what type you are when it comes to love and sex.
lovepersonalityapp.org


 

whereyoustand.jpgWhere Do You Stand? (for Boys)
Figure out who you are when it comes to love and sex.
whereyoustandapp.org

 


Teens explore their beliefs about having sex and waiting to have sex and are encouraged to set an intention to wait to have sex.

Topics:

  • abstinence
  • healthy relationships
  • communication skills
  • future planning

Applications:

  • Ask participants to take the quiz between sessions and process the experience in the next session (e.g. use as “homework”).
  • Promote for use after shorter programs.
  • Use questions to explore attitudes with a group and then suggest that participants do the quiz individually. 

thekickback.jpgThe Kickback. 
How will you handle this party? 
kickbackapp.org


Teens view effective responses to avoid risky situations and then choose how they would handle similar situations.

Topics:

  • passive, assertive and aggressive communication
  • decision-making
  • peer pressure
  • negotiation skills


Applications:

  • Use videos to demonstrate a realistic set of scenarios that might happen at a party.
  • Show videos as part of an activity you conduct in the classroom to role play effective communication skills.
  • Homework lesson

yourplanapp.jpgWhat’s Your Future Plan?
Set your goals to help you succeed.
yourplanapp.org


Teens identify their plans for the future, consider what impact having a child as a teen could have on those plans, and set short term goals to help meet their long term goals.

Topics:

  • goal-setting
  • future plans

Applications:

  • Homework lesson: get to know your students by having them email you the plan they create from within the tool
  • Use tool as an in-class activity with report outs and processing. 

Tools for High School Aged Teens

beentheredonethat.jpgBeen There. Done That.
Real talk on birth control and condoms.
beentheredonethatapp.org


Teens explore their beliefs about using condoms and birth control through viewing videos of other teens sharing their beliefs and are encouraged to set an intention to use both condoms and birth control when they have sex.


mybirthcontrol.jpgMy Birth Control.
Find out which method is right for you.
mybirthcontrolapp.org


Teen girls answer a series of questions designed to identify what methods of birth control will best meet their needs.


ittakestwo.jpgIt Takes Two.
Starting to feel comfortable in your relationship? Keep a good thing going, worry-free.
takestwoapp.org

Teens view videos of other teens talking about their use of condoms and birth control to encourage accurate and consistent use.

Topics:

  • condoms
  • birth control
  • dual use
  • negotiation skills
  • communication skills

Applications:

  • Use videos to facilitate your lessons about birth control
  • Use couple discussion video as introduction to or example for role-play activities.
  • Create role-play characters and have youth use “My Birth Control” in front of the class to model a person or couple deciding which method(s) to use
  • Homework lesson


fastforward.jpgFast Forward.
Set your goals for after high school.
fastforwardapp.org


Teens identify their plans for the future, consider what impact having a child now could have on those plans, and set short term goals to help meet their long term goals.

Topics:

  • goal-setting
  • future plans
  • career planning
  • pregnancy prevention

Applications:

  • Homework lesson: get to know your students by having them email you the plan they create
  • Individual goals and dreams brainstorm (instead of a worksheet)
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