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smittenkitten
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I was on the internet at school today and I decided to check up on the message boards here at Scarleteen. I put in the URL and discovered the site was blocked. If such open minded, friendly sex-ed sites are being blocked, then how can we expect young people without computer access at home or someone to give them supportive, honest advice to find out about the birds and the bees? Some kids may be missing out on access at home because their parents have a net monitor installed. Sex ed in schools isn't as thorough as it should be and it doesn't often address GLBT issues.

What do you think?
Winnie :0)

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Heather
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I think you should write a formal letter to your school and say all of this.

Unfortunately, that is going to happen more and more in the near future. The fear of sexuality and sex ed simply seems to be getting worse and worse (even though there are plenty of stats to show that sex ed has been vital in lowering accidental pregnancy and STD rates).

So, write a letter. Oh, this is all so maddening.


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smittenkitten
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10 April 2001
Ms M. Murphy
Year 10 Coordinator
Lyneham High School

Dear Ms Murphy,
I am writing to address the schools lack of sex education. Not only is it left almost unaddressed in many classes, but GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) issues have been totally ignored. Young people are frequently led to believe that masturbation is wrong, when in fact it is the safest form of sexual activity.

I was checking up on the message boards at my favourite sex education site, Scarleteen, during computing today and I was shocked to discover that it had been blocked.

I am sure there are people in our school community who do not have access to the internet at home, or have a net nanny similar to the one on the Lyneham High network which prevents them from getting information that may stop a teen pregnancy.

Others still have neither internet or someone willing and able to give supportive, accurate advice on anything from coming out to contraceptives.

I donít doubt that most of Year 10 know about the physical consequences of sex, but I would never go as far as to say everyone does. Furthermore, I think that the material, physical, emotional, and relationship preparations arenít taken into account.

It would benefit students at our school if the current sexual education course is revised, and the list of websites on the block list is revised so it doesnít include site beneficial to the students, such as Scarleteen.

Sincerely,
Ms W. Kruger

Scarleteen: Sex Education for the Real World http://www.scarleteen.com/
Founded by Heather Corinna

Hey

Here it is, just wondering what you think, and if (IYO) the letter will become the laughing stock of the english staffroom. Anyway, any suggestions would be appreciated before I print :0)

The Crusader aka Winnie

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Heather
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What an excellent letter!

You can also point out if you like that such organizations as the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, the Illinois Library Association, the parenting forums at Ovygen Media and many library associations fully support what we are doing.


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That is a great letter- I hope it will be successful.

Ooh, and you're from Canberra- I'll be there this weekend. (Useless bit of information).


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The sex education issue is so true. And that's a beautifully written letter However, I'm nearly positive Scarleteen would be blocked in my school too. Not because it's a sex ed site... just because the net nanny blocks a lot of sites that make you go "Waaah??" I mean, they blocked a Monet site! I highly doubt it has anything to do with the content at Scarleteen. I've seen things that should be blocked and aren't.

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That's a really wonderful letter. Hopefully the adminstration will not only want to unblock Scarleteen, but be able to with the blocking software they have (if I remember correctly, you actually have to hack into some brands to change the list of blocked sites).
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Fabulous letter sweetie.

Amazingly enough, nothing is blocked here in Singapore except the customary 200 porn sites.

I can access scarleteen in school and some moron actually went onto a porn site on the school computer.

Being the naturally nosy me, I went to the site and I got a huge shock and had to close it down before my teacher came by. Grrr.

But fab letter sweetie and I hope something gets done.


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Go for it, gal!

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Thanks for the support guys!

I got one of the teachers to leave the letter on her desk (she wasn't in the staffroom). I won't hear back for a couple weeks, until after the holidays so it may be a bit of a cliffhanger. I was actually planning to talk to the principal about it but I was wearing leather pants with zips up the sides and I figured it might make a REALLY bad impression on her.

Beppie, why are you coming to Canberra for Easter? How boring! What suburb are you staying in (if you don't mind my asking).

Love,
Winnie :0)

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That's a really great letter. I agree on your views that you descirbed. Let us know what she says. Good luck.

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We have that too, but I figured out a way to unblock it!!! heheh... the reason we arent allowed on it is because its a message board, so they think we are chatting. Some teachers dont care and are really supportive of what I do on Scarelteen, other teacher get offend, because it has the word masturbation (gasps ) its like they are embarresed.

I hope that your letter goes through.....GOOD LUCK!!!!

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smittenkitten
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I agreee that may be the case sometimes, but our schools own administrator can't change the block list, or even install new software. Everything is handled directly by the department.

Winnie :0)

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Hey Winnie -
Be sure to keep us posted - I'm quite curious as to how your school will react. Honestly, because you live in Austraila, I think your problem has a better chance of being responded to in a thoughtful, logical manner than if you lived here in the US. At one end, our culture glorifies sexuality excessively through our media (and often times, Unsafe, dangerous sex), but on the other, we still have enough of a Puritanical streak that when Young adults ask thoughtful, normal questions, we completely freak.

Good luck dear - it really is a fabulous letter.


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That SUCKS
but scarleteen is blocked @ my school
even MTV.com is blocked so I can't even check my e-mail.

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I don't know what you can do.
But I do think issues on sexuality are way overlooked. Many people are very uneducated about things dealing with sex & I believe that the information should be available 4 people who want it.

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<stands up and applauds>

That's an excellent letter, Winnie! I hope it does some good.

I'm proud to say that the district I work for doesn't block anything. Instead, all students must sign and AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) agreement in which they promise not to use the district's computers for anything illegal or inappropriate. Promoting individual responsibility--what a novel concept!

Of course now the dratted laws have passed that are going to force us to regulate (unless the ACLU gets them thrown out). But at least I know we'll take the least restrictive line possible.


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Even if it ends up being a hopeless cause, I hope it leaves an impression on the teachers. I leave at the end of the year, so I won't have to take much crap if it leaves a BAD impression.

I plan on taking a copy of the letter on the first day back, just in case i didn't reach Ms Murphy by some stroke of bad luck.

Love,
Winnie :0)

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That is a brilliant letter.
I very narrowly escaped not being able to even access Scarleteen at home. We're on AOL, which has its own parental controls system, and there are several different levels. My dad put it on young adult for me and my brother, which is supposed to be for 16-17 year olds (bear in mind that at this age it is legal to have any form of sex and even to marry) and Scarleteen was blocked!! thankfully i changed it back without him noticing but it makes me very very mad that a parental controls thing that's actually supposed to be tailored to an age group doesn't let young adults get basic sex education and advice that would be suitable for 13 year old. grrr

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Gillians_gal, I went to Canberra for the National Folk Festival, which was just lovely. A friend of mine who lives there also turned 21 over the weekend. I stayed out at Hall, which I now know isn't really in Canberra, but I didn't mind too much.
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My parents haven't got any screening programs, thank god! Even after I used my dad's credit card to subscribe to a porn site (I was curious!)

Glad you enjoyed your visit Beppie :0)
I went to the national museum today and it was good, but packed. They even had one of Azaria Chaimberlins outfits!

Winnie :0)

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My school is incredibly straight laced and wouldnt dream of having anything like this open to people. Fortunately my parents are fairly liberal and apart from the odd scoffing comment on what is discussed here, they dont mind.
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Great job, Winnie! I love the letter and it's great to see the stand you're making. Of course, the school has no right to give you any crap because the letter is perfectly respectful and informative.

My school blocks some sites as well, and computer users are under close surveillance in the classrooms/library/labs. We can't check our email; we can only use the computers strictly for class research. I haven't checked recently to see if Scarleteen is on the block list, since I'm currently on vacation, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is.

My school's atmosphere is also pretty strained in that discussion of social, political, and especially sexual issues is all but forbidden there. Not that I'm particularly vocal in class about said issues, but in my school, I've never really felt comfortable expressing my opinions on anything--one never knows when a teacher might shoot you a look that says, "You shouldn't be discussing this in class."

And sex education is fairly limited in our public high school. There is one required health class--thank goodness that it's there, at least--but it doesn't help much at all, seeing as it barely touches on the standard curriculum. I know that suggestions to change our school's sexual health class and/or curriculum wouldn't be met with much fervor, because the school is severely understaffed--and drained of funding as well, because we just built a new school this year. And again, our school and community are very sensitive when it comes to sex education.

Well, that's my (kind of) rant. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I could do to help change the Health class in the short term? It's kind of weird when kids are getting most of their sex education in the locker room--that's when you refer them to Scarleteen! And again, good luck Winnie!


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