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D.O.Sag
01-26-2008, 08:10 AM
friend of mine likes this site. it's designed for teens. would you send you teen there or try to keep 'em away. why? discuss.

http://www.scarleteen.com

S.V. Airlie
01-26-2008, 08:18 AM
D.O.
A bit on the fence. I read a bit of it, the home page so to speak and a few bits and pieces. I guess it is much better than a lot and worse than others.
Teens are gonna have questions. In part, it may be better to have the questions answered by a peer as the questions are most likely to be asked to begin with. On the other hand, it depends upon who is answering the questions and what direction the answer takes the teen asking the questions initially.
But, hey, I don't have kids.. just a comment.
If I did have kids, I would hope that they would be comfortable coming to me ( and the assumed other half ) with them first..

adampet
01-26-2008, 08:24 AM
As the father of a pre teen daughter I'll send her here soon. She'll get a lot of this in the UU sexuality course. I gave it a good check out and it fits with our values. Thanks for the info!

Adam

elf
01-26-2008, 09:26 AM
Too many words. Too little white space.

adampet
01-26-2008, 09:34 AM
What do you want to see ELF?

adam

John of Phoenix
01-26-2008, 09:36 AM
Pretty interesting.


10 of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Sexual Self (at Any Age)
http://www.scarleteen.com/article/body/10_of_the_best_things_you_can_do_for_your_sexual_s elf_at_any_age


I'm thinking the Thought Police are going to be after these folks before long.
(They have some critical things to say about Huckabee and his stance on AIDS.)
http://www.scarleteen.com/blog/jill/2007/12/19/presidential_candidate_mike_huckabee_on_aids

Ian McColgin
01-26-2008, 09:58 AM
I can see Emily's point about white space. Different formating works with different people. I think the site can monitor hits. Maybe if it can monitor sequences of hits - how various users move around the site - it could deduce how well people are using it. Another tool that might or might not work would be to invite participants to a before and after test with each visit - see if at least the information is there. In general, it appears well designed in that one must move to get more specific information.

I have some questions about how well this sort of thing, long on words and short on graphics, works. I was in seventh grade when I blundered on Mom and Dad's "Marriage Manual." Pretty advanced and open-minded for the '50's. It had some line drawings that clarified to my innocent mind what went where and why, the memory of which stood me in good stead a few years later.

It also helped that I grew up raising Goldens and breeding horses and cattle.

FInally, there is a certain educational value in well imagined and well filmed porn.

The best thing about the site is that it's about making knowledgable and responsible decisions.

ishmael
01-26-2008, 10:02 AM
I didn't look at the site in detail. Ideally, the responsibility belongs with the parents, but we all know how ideals work in the real world. I got very vague instruction about sex, both at school and at home; learned most of it simply being human with another warm person--and on the playground. All before a main concern was STDs. It was pregnancy.

I say lay it out! I think condoms on banannas at ten is a bit early, and I object to any lobbying by group. When I lived in MA, a liberal state, G.L.A.D was conducting graphic classes about homosexuality with kids as young as twelve.

I'm always curious about people who say they knew at five they were gay. At five I just wasn't thinking about that stuff. There were a few puppy loves with girls, but I was thinking about bugs, and snakes, and ditches, and tennis shoes.

Let kids be kids!

How much does early sex-ed influence kids to grow up too soon?

elf
01-26-2008, 10:35 AM
adam, showing what I think would improve the front page would take me all morning. I just see too many words, a miserably clunky font, too many different font treatments (bold, italic, underline) and no space between paragraphs. Either you indent or you double space. It improves reading and scanning. Sentences that end halfway across the page need a full hard return after them, since they indicate the end of a paragraph.

Just that first section
Be a Blabbermouth! If you want to assure that your sex life is going to be emotionally safe as well as truly enjoyable, you've got to open your yap and start talking.
How You Guys -- that's right, you guys -- Can Help Prevent Rape: When it all comes down to it, rape isn't really about women: it's usually about men. Here's one way you guys can help change the world for all of us.
Is your period cramping your style? Check out a big pile of handy, easy cramp-busters to help ease your pain without using birth control pills.
Take Care of Yourself: Want to stay out of the doctor's office and do your sexual health a good turn? Here are some good and simple do-it-yourself health habits for him and for her.
All About Abortion: If you, a partner or a friend are considering or planning to terminate a pregnancy, or you just want to know what abortion is all about, here's what you need to know, in-depth and unloaded.
What's a Crisis Pregnancy Center? Nowhere anyone dealing with an unexpected pregnancy -- no matter their stance on choice -- wants to be. is a whole page by itself - a welcome page sorta which needs some more "what we're about" info below it.

After that, every next section needs its own page.

YMMV

Flying Orca
01-26-2008, 12:26 PM
adam, showing what I think would improve the front page would take me all morning.

You could always just refer him to Jakob Nielsen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jakob_Nielsen_%28usability_consultant%29). His advice has done wonders for my web work... or at least I like to think so.