Adolescent sexuality and the internet: the good, the bad, and the URL

J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2004 Apr;17(2):117-24. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2004.01.015.


The Internet has become a widely used resource for sexual health information, especially among adolescents. The appeal lies in the ease and anonymity with which online seekers can obtain advice and reassurance, particularly regarding sensitive topics. This article reviews the positive and negative influences of the Internet on this age group. Specific aspects of how this medium affects adolescents as well as how it can be used to assist them are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Computers
  • Confidentiality
  • Erotica
  • Female
  • Health Education*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Safe Sex
  • Sexuality*