I teach a college level course in Human Sexuality and my guest speaker today was from a local organization that goes to different schools to talk to middle and high school students about sex and relationships (it’s this last part that makes the program particularly unique). During the class, the speaker discussed some of the activities and topics that they address in secondary education — one of them being the importance of setting sexual limits with partners. So, the speaker asks the class: “What is a good way to talk about sexual limits with someone that you are with?”
Without hesitation, someone in my class yells out “Talk to them about it on MySpace.” Another said “IM them.” It was the first time that my own students (who are “older youth,” given that they are college students) were offering online solutions to relationship problems. It made me realize that my “target population” is no longer only in secondary education. They are right in front of me.