Sex Education for Teenagers, Online and in Texts -

Sex Education for Teenagers, Online and in Texts -

"Sex education is a thorny subject for most school systems; only 13 states specify that the medical components of the programs must be accurate. Shrinking budgets and competing academic subjects have helped push it down as a curriculum priority. In reaction, some health organizations and school districts are developing Web sites and texting services as cost-effective ways to reach adolescents in the one classroom where absenteeism is never a problem: the Internet."

ESL Video Quiz: Alanis Morissette/Peter, Paul and Mary: Blowin' in the Wind

CLIL PSHE: Healthy eating | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

CLIL PSHE: Healthy eating | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC:

"This activity aims to develop primary pupils’ understanding of healthy, balanced eating and provides practice of basic food vocabulary and the present simple tense. It also has cross-curricular links to PE."

Education World: Bullying and Cyberbullying: What Teachers Can Do

Education World: Bullying and Cyberbullying: What Teachers Can Do:

"Bullying is an ever-present problem in our schools, and can include physical threats, teasing, and harassment (National Association of School Psychologists). It is estimated that between 15 % and 30% of all students are either bullies or victims. Cyberbullying occurs when a child, preteen, or teen is bullied by another child, preteen, or teen using the Internet, or any interactive digital technology (

What Can Teachers Do to Reduce Future Occurrences of Bullying?"

ESL Video Quiz: Mr. Bean and his Final Test

Facts About the 1500s

Facts About the 1500s:

"For the last couple of years an item has been circulating around the Internet about so-called Facts about the 1500s (sometimes 1600s). A quick search using the search-engine Google pointed to over 400 websites that were carrying this piece. Interesting reading. The problem is that most of it is completely invented. The original author is not credited in any of the versions we have seen. Here we present the original version and our attempt to correct the errors.

Next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s. Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

There is no evidence that June was a popular month to get married until the last 100 years. Flowers have been associated with weddings since the earliest times, probably as symbol of fertility."

Tip #57: Everyone is NOT Looking at You « Rachel Simmons

GirlTip #57: Everyone is NOT Looking at You « Rachel Simmons:

"On vacation, I went to a gym & worked out in front of a large window. Several people walked by and stared. I grew uncomfortable. Why were they staring at me? On my way out, I caught my own reflection in the window. Guess the Girl Tip."

Tip #55: It’s Always Worse in Your Head « Rachel Simmons

GirlTip #55: It’s Always Worse in Your Head « Rachel Simmons:

"What if she’s angry? What if she’s blowing me off? What you fear or worry about in your own head is almost never as bad in reality. We are our own worst horror movie directors. Notice it, be gentle with those predictions, & save yourself a ton of angst."

The Case of the Cyber Criminal (Game)

"A techie spy and his cunning crew are out to get your personal information. Stop them cold by proving you're ready to protect yourself online."

Tip #54: Your Body Talks, Even When You Don’t « Rachel Simmons

GirlTip #54: Your Body Talks, Even When You Don’t « Rachel Simmons:

"You may not be talking, but your body might be. Crossed arms, rolled eyes, tossed hair: it all says something. Think about it this way: if you’re burning calories while you’re trying to express yourself, you might not get what you want out of that conversation."

Tip #49: Listen to Your Emotions « Rachel Simmons

GirlTip #49: Listen to Your Emotions « Rachel Simmons:

"Painful emotions don’t only mean life is hard. They’re a sign from within that it may be time to make a choice. Sadness & anger are opportunities for change: in relationships, work, school and spirit. Listen to the feelings: what choices are they asking you to make?"


Smokescreen Game from Six to Start on Vimeo.

"You don't know me, but I know you..."

Smokescreen is a cutting-edge game about life online. We all use Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and MSN to keep up with our mates - and we've all heard the stories about parties on Facebook being mobbed, or people getting stalked on MSN. The question is, what would you do if it happened to you?

Over 13 missions, Smokescreen follows the story of Max Winston and Cal Godfrey, two mates who've set up an exclusive social network called White Smoke. After Cal's involved in a car accident and falls into a coma, White Smoke becomes huge - and starts attracting huge problems. Each mission sees you explore the world of White Smoke, and find out who you can trust - and who you can't."

Tip #52: Loyalty Doesn’t Mean Hating Who Your Friends Hate « Rachel Simmons

GirlTip #52: Loyalty Doesn’t Mean Hating Who Your Friends Hate « Rachel Simmons:

"Do you expect friends to get angry at people you’re fighting with? That kind of loyalty isn’t part of a healthy friendship. Conflict is scary & lonely, but it’s yours, not your friends’. Get sympathy, not support. Asking friends to have your back ups the drama & puts them in an unfair position. Stay classy & keep it one-on-one."

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

"Yes, Virginia. Building on the story of 8-year-old Virginia OHanlons letter to the editor of the New York Sun, the holiday special takes us on a charming adventure about the existence of Santa Claus and the curiosity amongst believers. During the creation of Yes, Virginia, a special wish was fulfilled for 10-year-old Wish kid Taylor Hay whose voice and likeness were captured for one of the characters. "
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Santa Claus quiz

The Lure of the Laberynth

"Your beloved pet's gone missing and you've got to find it - but how? Before you know it, you're dropped into a strange (and extremely smelly) world where your only friend is a mysterious bean-loving girl with wings. She says there are others ... Others? Other pets? Well, there sure are plenty of monsters. They're all over the place, stinking up the joint and forcing you to do crazy jobs - you have to make pet food out of carrots and eyeballs? ICK! How in the world can any of this help you find your pet? And can you come to its rescue ... before it's too late?

There's only one way to find out ..."

Tip #50: The Importance of Naming Your Fears « Rachel Simmons

GirlTip #50: The Importance of Naming Your Fears « Rachel Simmons:

"When you’re feeling anxious about doing something, be it a phone call or big request or tough conversation, ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen? Can you bear it? Much of the time, you can. We can face our fears when we know them clearly — & take the leaps that bring us to amazing new places."

Even though these tips are for girls, most are good for boys, too. Many more tips here:

ED 101: Eating Disorders 101

"Eating Disorders 101 (ED 101), sponsored by Timberline Knolls, is a free  educational tool provided by the NORMAL nonprofit which educates about  eating disorders, self-esteem and body image through arts and  mindfulness programs.  ED 101 is the result of more than five years of  work and is possible due to ongoing support from Joanne and Daniel C.  Smith, the Pink House Foundation, Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation,  NIS First 100 Club, Innovative Women's Producer's Network and patrons.    We are grateful to be collaborating with more than 15 national  nonprofit organizations to distribute this DVD to schools worldwide.

The  NORMAL nonprofit strongly recommends that this film be accompanied by  our Myth Busters hand out as well as a discussion panel of experts.  For  our free 90-page curriculum, details on handouts and free guidelines on  how to create an effective discussion panel, please visit

NORMAL nonprofit is working to  create a three hour version which incorporates a myriad of perspectives  and angles not covered in this shorter piece.  For example, we will  include footage from diverse socio-economic and cultural families, LGBT  perspectives, as well as footage about treatment of men with eating  disorders. If you would like to learn more, please contact

If you choose to post or embed this  film on your site, we ask that you please post this information so  individuals have access to all of the free materials at"

The Big Bang Theory: Talk Nerdy To Me:Quietly

"Sheldon's need for cleanliness puts Leonard in an awkward situation... hilarity ensues."