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Health & Wellness

Sex Education for Teenagers: Making Healthy Decisions in the Digital Age

This class forces on sex education and includes information that is uniquely relevant to today's teenagers, such as sexploitation and sexting.
Anne Connelly
2 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
3x per week
over 1 week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

The learning goals we will cover have been lifted from the National Sexuality Education Standards and are as follows:

Analyze how friends, family, media, society, and culture can influence self-concept and body image.
Apply a decision-making model to various sexual health decisions.
Describe the male and female sexual and reproductive systems and their functions.
Define sexual intercourse and its relationship to human reproduction.
Define sexual abstinence as it relates to pregnancy prevention
Describe the human sexual response cycle, including the role hormones can play.
Demonstrate the use of effective communication skills to support one's decision to abstain from sexual behaviors.
Examine how alcohol and other substances, friends, family, media, and culture influence decisions about engaging in sexual behaviors.
Explain the criteria for evaluating the health of a relationship.
Develop a plan to stay safe while using social media.
Explain the health benefits, risks, and effectiveness rates of various contraception, including abstinence and condoms.
Define the steps to using a condom correctly.
Define emergency contraception and its use.
Describe the signs and symptoms of pregnancy.
Define STIs and how they are transmitted.
Describe the signs, symptoms, and potential impacts of STIs including HIV.
Compare and contrast behaviors, including abstinence, to determine the potential risk of STI/HIV transmission from each.
Develop a plan to eliminate or reduce risk for STIs, including HIV.
Apply a decision-making model to various sexual health decisions.
Use effective communication and negotiation skills about the use of contraception including abstinence and condoms.
Describe sexploitation and know what to do if confronted with it.
I have a masters degree in Science Education from the University of Texas at Austin.  I taught Biology for 8 years, and I also had the opportunity to teach the Sex Education unit to middle school science students.
Any homework I give will not be formal.  Instead, it will be encouraging self reflection.  For example, students will be asked to reflect on what they will allow to influence their decisions regarding sexual activity, be it religious beliefs, future plans, or personal values.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learner progress is assessed either informally or anonymously.  This method is meant to foster comfort so the students do not feel they need to hold back any questions they may have.  It is also possible that the students will be asked to watch a short video between classes as a way to avoid showing it in class, since showing videos over Zoom can be choppy and have sound issues.
3 hours per week in class, and no time outside of class.
Because this course is addresses sex education and is meant to be relatable to teens, we will not only be using medical terms but likely slang terms so that students can feel free to communicate and ask questions.  These terms will likely sound vulgar (especially out of context) but the purpose is to foster learning so that teens know what they are talking about in social situations.  The use of this language is to eliminate any ignorance, not to disrupt.
The curriculum standards are taken directly from the following source:


Anne ConnellyFormer High School Science Teacher
2 total reviews
1 completed class

About Me

Thank you for visiting my profile page!  I was a high school educator for over 15 years and most of that time I spent teaching science, although I have also taught World History, Government, and Economics.  

I am a bit different from other... 
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