What kinds of safer sex messages do teens pay attention to?

It’s an age-old question among those of us who teach sex education: how do you talk to “kids” about sex? Every generation has its own language, complete with slang and inside jokes designed to keep outsiders, well, out. Even if you know the lingo, using it might make you feel ridiculous. On the other hand, if they think you sound too clinical or “old”, they might not understand – or care enough to listen. Whose language do you use – yours or theirs?

Case in point: two interesting videos about the female condom that I came across today. One is a Q & A with a doctor and sex therapist; the other features a couple of teenage girls with no apparent medical expertise – just a lot of love for the female condom.

The first one is here, at healthvideos.in.

Warning – the language in the second one is not safe for work (NSFW) and may be offensive to some viewers:

The first video seems accurate, specific, even ‘official’, while the second is conversational, friendly, and entertaining. Is one necessarily better than the other? Wrap MCs, how do you balance these in the line of duty? What kinds of things make it easier or harder for you to communicate with young people? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments!

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