New Digital Ways of Delivering Sex Education: A Practice Perspective
Our lead programme designer, Isabelle Amazon-Brown, in partnership with Linda Waldman of the International Development School at Sussex University, provide fascinating insights into the role of the internet in sexual education in sub-Saharan Africa.
The article ” examines the history of developing online health information platforms tailored for youth through the experiences of digital developers and the reflections of users. Unlike traditional sources of sex education, the internet offers portability, anonymity, informality, ‘personalised’ responses, and the ability to interact with peers who are not local or part of face-to-face networks. This article draws on a literature review, complemented by qualitative and quantitative material generated by Every1Mobile in its production of online health communities for young people. We found massive enthusiasm for online sex education in Africa but little knowledge about how young people use, perceive and respond to this. We recommend that practitioners, funders and researchers invest more in understanding not only the many fantastic opportunities associated with digital sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information, but also the interwoven contradictions, challenges and potential for misuse.”