These sites fill in the gaps, from puberty to birth control to abortion. Only 24 states and Washington, D. Nearly 40 states require schools to provide students with information on abstinence when sex education classes are offered, and abstinence must be the main focus of the course in 26 of those states.
In , Mississippi still ranked third highest in the nation for teen births. Under President Trump, sex education advocates worry that these already-fragile public-school programs may disappear entirely. Here are five of the most innovative: It hopes to bring a more modern, kid-friendly face to lessons that can be, best-case scenario, awkward and uncomfortable. Launched last September, AMAZE covers traditional topics like puberty and masturbation, along with more progressive topics.
For example, the video Porn: But it also reassures kids that being curious about porn is normal. The nonprofit, based in Washington, D. Crush Crush covers the emotional aspects of sex, healthy relationships, how birth control works and how pregnancy happens. It also offers a clinic finder, and helps users choose which birth control is best for them. For now, Crush is only available to the girls participating in a study of the app, but once the study concludes in August anyone will be able to use it, their director of innovation and research said.
Healthy Teen Network decided to develop several sex education phone apps Crush is the first because the staff worries the Trump administration will stop funding sex education in public schools. According to Paluzzi, time is a major obstacle to teaching comprehensive sex education. For instance, some teachers may only be able to teach sex education once a week for a set number of sessions, and their curriculum needs to be cleared by the school before it can be presented.
In some states, like Mississippi, students can only attend sex education class if their parents give permission. Those approaches do not work. They promoted the Week of Action from March 6 to 10, which encouraged supporters to use the hashtags DefundAbOnly and RealSexEd to counter efforts by abstinence-only advocates to lobby Congress.
The 1 in 3 campaign encourages students to put them up around their campuses. For the first time, 30 people also went to Capital Hill to tell their stories to members of Congress. Users download the app, choose what type of school they attend and search for their school. Clicking on the school will allow them to look for services within categories ranging from sexual and mental health to eating disorders and bullying. Users can also ask questions, which they submit to trained counselors.
The counselors answer the person directly, either by text or email. The Pennsylvania nonprofit AccessMatters, which advocates for equal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, created the It Matters app because young people rely mostly on technology to get information.
For those living either in other parts of the state or outside Pennsylvania, the app offers links to the U. Office of Population Affairs , where they can search for providers in their area. Though only people have downloaded the app so far, AccessMatters will soon run online advertisements to attract new users. Bright retains editorial independence.
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