In 8th grade, my girlfriends and I exchanged so much mis-information about sex. It is amusing today to recall our conversations.
Yet, it was sad that many of us did not have anyone to talk to about what was happening to our bodies, to comments we heard or to feelings we had.
My Mother told me when I was ten years old that Sex is a beautiful thing between two married people.
Gym teachers and health ed teachers approached the topic in the same way.
None of the parents or teachers or other adults in our lives had any idea that we “good girls” in 8th grade were talking about sex.
Empowering young people with the correct knowledge and thoughtful answers to questions about their sexuality has to be a good thing.
I see this as an addition to parental guidance.
I believe most parents, even today, are ill-equiped or uncomfortable with the subject.
Planned Parenthood is rolling out a chatbot to answer questions about sexual health, part of a larger communications effort by the group to bring sex ed to the young masses, CMO Today reports. The AI-powered tool, created by a design shop that sought guidance from high-school students in Brooklyn, also comes as the organization defends its role in a country divided on approaches to sex education for teens.
“In this environment, it’s more important than ever that we have as many methods as possible to reach people where they are for healthcare and education,” said Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.*
You may access the website only a mobile device at roo.plannedparenthood.org.
I tried it and was pleased at the tone and scope of the questions and the answers.
First, users are cautioned not to give any personal or identifying information.
Second, all communications are private.
*This picture and the article in quotes are from today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), CMO TODAY, Nat Ives.