sensation 16 and Pregnant
had over 2 million viewers for its second season finale, and boasts close to 3 million Facebook friends. The sister series of 16 and Pregnant
, Teen Mom
and Teen Mom 2
, rank as some of the most watched primetime cable programs for young people aged 12-34. There's no question these shows have stoked a national conversation, and a bit of controversy, on teen pregnancy, and the Sex::Tech plenary panel on April 2nd was no exception. The panel brought together the MTV team - Executive Producers and researchers from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies
- to provide the Sex::Tech audience with the evidence and education value inherent in the series.
NYT writer Jan Hoffman goes further to interview teachers and students across the country about how they are using the show in their classroom lessons to spark conversations about youth sexuality and sexual health.
Deb Levine, Executive Director of ISIS, Inc. said that the MTV shows impressed even veteran sex educators. “All day long [at the Sex::Tech conference], that’s all everyone was talking about,” she said, “how sex education has to intersect with popular culture.” Hoffman quotes ISIS Executive Director and Founder, "Educators have to figure out how to merge sex education with popular culture in order to reach youth today." SEX::TECH BETTER THAN EVER
This year, ISIS' Sex::Tech had over 550 attendees - the largest audience ever - and 11,534 minutes of online session viewing via the livestream. During the course of 2-1/2 days, there were over 5,000 tweets and more than 15 blog posts about the various workshops and events. Send links to your postings to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll shout them out on Twitter! The ISIS Facebook page also has more than 100 new friends and growing - Like us today if you haven't already.
This week, ISIS team has been busy loading video, pics, compiling tweets, and the presentation slides. Follow us on sextech.org
to see the newest and shiniest.
Speaking of the ISIS team, the entire event would not have been possible without the hard work our year-round staff: