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Media literacy provides an important stepping off point, a means of engaging attention on the topics that must be addressed in an abstinence education program.

Speaking about media and abstinence in the same sentence may seem to some a bit strange, since much of the current media seem to be sending quite the opposite message. If you are able to include only one lesson in your planning, try the introductory lesson that addresses media myths about sexuality and offers an overview of this important subject. If you are looking for a place to start with abstinence media projects, see Teen Aware in the Classroom: Frequently Asked Questions.

Topics to Explore: Lessons and activities organized by topic.

Resources: Links, books, and videos for further study.

Teen Media

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Media Literacy 101 Using Sex to Sell Talking About Abstinence Reducing Risks Reading Media Be the Judge Producing Media
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