“I send the heart eyes,” notes one 18-year-old in the report. ” Keep up with this story and more According to the report, many adolescents say they search online for sexual health information because the relevant education at school is insufficient and their parents refuse to discuss sex.
Although nearly 500 of the 1,500 survey respondents ranked healthcare professionals as the best way to learn about sex, more than 300 said online search engines were better. Educators Still Won't Talk About Sex Popular websites for sex ed include Web MD, Planned Parenthood, Sex, Etc., Teen Source and Go Ask Alice.
In the focus groups, many participants said that the anonymity of a Google search was best for locating services and understanding the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases. You Tube, Facebook and Tumblr are also favorite resources.
Some of the respondents, who were between the ages of 13 and 24, said pornography websites could also be educational.
“Each emoji should come with a paragraph stating what my emoji means,” said one focus group participant.
Perhaps not surprisingly, smartphones are the most common device owned by teens.
Dating apps are increasingly common among the youth, the survey indicates.
The report also addresses the disparities in sexual education between the southern U. In the south, more teens were wary about online relationships and being fooled by a fake online persona, also known as catfishing.“It actually comes in your front door, in your house, in the living room with you… It’s everywhere.”Related: Why Teenagers Get Suckered in by Social Media Dares The report includes several recommendations for ensuring the prudent use of technology and the internet as sexual health resources.Perhaps to the lament of some parents, none of the suggestions include shutting off the phone.Many of the responding teens acknowledged that online flirting has become confusing.They commonly misunderstand intentions and read too deeply into smiley faces.