Exploring Online Relationships
By Jessica Shields, CHES
By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the benefits and possible safety concerns of using the Internet.
2. Identify ways to use the Internet responsibly.
3. Explain how the Internet might enhance relationships and sexual experiences.
The Internet is an ever growing source of sexuality information and misinformation. People use the Internet to form relationships, get medical advice or information, create sexually expressive diaries, explore erotica or to educate themselves. Many hours are spent surfing the Web, sending and receiving e-mail, utilizing social networks, chat rooms and blogs, being a part of online discussions, or shopping and browsing websites. With the Internet as a dominant resource, it is important to take precautions against intrusions and fraud, including those that involve relationships. The purpose of this lesson is to help adults feel more comfortable using the Internet responsibly to form relationships and access sexuality information.