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Sex Ed 2.0

Technology has undoubtedly changed the way we think and talk about sex, particularly for adolescents.  Among this age group, “sexting” (the practice of sending sexually explicit photos or messages via cell phone or other messaging device) has made headlines in recent months.  Online sexual predators, known to lurk alongside children on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook, have opened our eyes to the dangerous intersection of sex and the internet.   Pornography of varying degrees is widely available on the internet.  Yet, cyber technology and the need for instant gratification among adolescents are not diminishing.

The Boston Public Health Commission has just launched a new campaign that uses popular technologies like Facebook and YouTube to educate and inform adolescents about the growing concern over the increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among their age group.  The aim is to grab teens’ attention where it is already directed and hopefully spark some real life, face-to-face conversation with a parent, mentor, or other trusted adult.

Will it work? What do you think?  For the Big Sisters out there, would this be a good way to get the conversation rolling with your Little Sister?

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Big Sister Enters the Blogosphere!

Welcome to Big Sister’s blog, bigsisterboston!  We strive to create a community among all our supporters:  donors, volunteers, staff, board members, community partners, Little Sisters and their families, and advocates for girls and mentoring.  Without you we could not do the important work of putting caring, supportive woman mentors in the lives of Greater Boston’s girls.  Our blog will be another way for us to stay connected to you.  We’ll post fundraising events, issues affecting girls, advice for our volunteers, and any news relating to Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. 

We invite you to get involved as well!  Your voice matters and we would love to hear what you have to say.  We welcome you to leave comments on our posts.  Pass along our blog address or link to it from your own blog or website.  Write  your own blog entry on something relating to girls, mentoring, or Big Sister, that you think is important.  While we cannot guarantee that we will publish all entries that are sent to us, we are eager to hear from you!  Please send all entries to mjohnson@bigsister.org.

And for now, please enjoy our blog as you continue to support our City’s girls!