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I think this is a really interesting idea, and I wish that character limit was not there so you could have elaborated further on your “Sex Ed in a Box” idea. Most of my research and idea generation focused on targeting older generations (15-25), so I really appreciate this idea of educating kids the right way early. Open communication is extremely important when talking about sex, and making sure men and women, boys and girls, can talk about sex, periods, condoms, STDs, etc. is key to developing reproductive education and service quality. I would love to hear any examples you had about ice breaker activities, games, and dialogue starters – my idea also had aspects of gamification, and your perspective could definitely help me innovate further. Perhaps utilizing an icebreaker like “Two Truths and a Lie” will help students reveal something interesting about themselves in a fun way and make them more open to conversation. Additionally, I think starting out the conversation by encouraging kids to say why they are uncomfortable about sex would be very beneficial in breaking down any communication barriers that exist. I think testing the idea out with certain teachers excited to take part in the program before rolling it out to the rest of the school district and beyond is a great point. Additionally, comparing results on how teachers with amazing recommendations and records use “Sex Ed in a Box” and teachers that are not too invested in sex ed use “Sex Ed in a Box” will help you better understand your target audience and how to approach certain schools. By starting in a more laidback, liberal school environment, I think this project will have a greater chance of success because people will be more open-minded. Overall, I think teaching open communication about reproductive health and services early on is extremely important, and I really enjoyed this idea. I would love to hear other thoughts you may have after reading my comment, Najma!
I absolutely loved this contribution – I think studying how influential channels in popular culture affect expanding reproductive education and services efforts is really interesting. While MTV and “It’s Your (Sex) Life” provide extremely helpful forums to learn about reproductive education and services, I think it is also important to mention MTV’s Facebook presence. While “It’s Your (Sex) Life” does not really have any easily accessible places to have conversations, MTV’s Facebook presence is wonderful and provides an open space where individuals can talk about problems relating to sex. I believe being about to learn about ideas through MTV’s educational forums and then being able to discuss them on MTV’s Facebook platform provides individuals with a unique, young approach to reproductive education.
One thing I will mention, however, is that I think it is also important to consider the risks of using solely technology to educate people on sex. While the internet is a wonderful source of information, especially about topics some individuals are too uncomfortable to talk about face-to-face, I wonder how interacting with a screen impacts individuals’ learning. Because sex involves two people and this way of education does not involve people interaction, I am interested to see if this impacts how individuals would act in sexual settings. While I think both technological education and face-to-face education are invaluable, I think this research contribution can spur a conversation on the pros and cons of each. I would to hear any other thoughts you may have on this idea, Shruti! I really appreciated your contribution.