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Tuesday, 20 November, 2001, 16:38 GMT
Game to teach sex education
game card
Teenagers score points for solving moral dilemmas
A school nurse from Bath has devised a game to help teach sex education to 14-year-olds.

The game, invented by Viv Crouch of Haysfield Upper School in the city, poses fictional dilemmas at the throw of a dice.

The young people are put into teams to discuss and resolve the issues in the classroom, scoring points for their solutions.

We're not very good at talking about sex

Viv Crouch, nurse
Ms Crouch said: "They react so brilliantly. They know lots of the answers, it's just having the confidence to say it."

Her year 10 pupils say they enjoy playing the game.

One girl said: "I know much more about contraception and where to get it. It makes you more aware of diseases."

Another said: "It's fun. You learn that having sex at a younger age is bad."

Ms Crouch said: "We're not very good at talking about sex.

Innovative design

"Young people have said really they'd like to get information from their parents but parents also have difficulties.

"I think it's important to work with parents and schools and that's why I've designed this game."

The game has been so successful it may soon be used in schools across Bath.

Its innovative design has just been awarded 2000 by the Queen's Nursing Institute.

The institute gives grants to projects which improve the quality of nursing health care in the community.

See also:

22 Mar 01 | Scotland
Broad welcome for sex guidance
31 Jul 00 | Education
Teaching the birds and the bees
05 May 00 | Education
No sex please, we're teachers
24 Mar 00 | Education
Sex education 'a parents' job'
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