EVER wondered about the role social media plays in the sexual behaviour of teenagers?
Now is your chance to find out, thanks to the University of Sydney’s School of Rural Health, which is holding a seminar on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the digital age.
At tonight’s seminar, associate professor Rachel Skinner will talk to parents and guardians about teenagers’ sexual development and health, and the role social media plays in their sexual behaviour.
“Communities need to know how to deal with the increase of sexual behaviour in teens and new media that are facilitating and aiding teen sexual encounters,”she said.
Dr Skinner said Australia was experiencing a high number of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, which meant the sexual behaviour of teens was a major public health concern, as well as a concern for parents and guardians.
In her presentation Dr Skinner will look at ways health professionals and parents should be responding to teenage digital sex and what needs to be done to combat it.
“Young people’s sexual behaviour and experiences have changed dramatically from previous generations,” she said.
“These changes are on one hand for the better, in terms of young people’s knowledge and understanding about safe sex, but also present new risks and challenges for them.”
This is the fifth presentation in the series on adolescent health and wellbeing held by the University of Sydney’s School of Rural Health and the ARCHER Study on teenage health and behaviour.
The next presentation in the series will focus on adolescent sleeping patterns.
Health and education professionals are invited to attend a session from 1pm to 2pm today, while a session for parents, guardians and interested community members will run from 6pm to 7pm.
The sessions will be held at the University of Sydney’s School of Rural Health in the Audley Building at Orange’s Bloomfield campus.