Why An Internet-Based Activity?
Surfing the web for health information and interactive games are two of the most popular online activities for teens. In fact, a recent national survey reported that young people use the Internet to search for health information more than to shop, chat, or download music. The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy combines the appeal of both activities — searching for health information and playing games — by informing teens about one major consequence of sex (pregnancy) through an entertaining online challenge. The online nature of this activity also allowed widespread dissemination of the quiz because teens could pass it onto their friends through e-mails and instant messaging.