Want To Play The ‘Birth Control Brigade’ Video Game?

birthcontrolbrigadeForget about Halo. Forget about Super Mario Bros, World of Warcraft, and even Grand Theft Auto. There’s a new video game on the market ready to take over: Birth Control Brigade.

Intended to be a fun and educational way to teach young people about contraceptives, players are given a budget to purchase a variety of birth control defenses in order to destroy sperm before reaching the egg. Available for ‘purchase’ are condoms, as well as the five hormonal contraceptive options; oral contraceptives (a.k.a “the pill”), the contraceptive patch, the vaginal ring, the contraceptive injection and the intra-uterine system (IUD).

Birth Control Brigade  is not only available on Sexualityandu.ca but is also as a FREE Facebook app. The game
was released on September 27 by  The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) as a way to celebrate World Contraceptive Day.

The SOGC stated that their goal was to be proactive and encourage young people to understand the repercussions of their actions and help them make informed decisions that will lead to healthy sexuality when they do decide to become sexually active.

When asked about the effectiveness of Birth Control Brigade as a method of sexual health education, Leigh Turner (Director of the Sexual Health Resource Centre (SHRC) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario) said: “Any medium that gets an accurate message across to its audiences in a clear way has the potential to be effective. If the method of doing this is through an interactive and entertaining game, then this could be an exciting new way of disseminating information.”

Interestingly, a recent Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals study also released on World Contraceptive Day stated that more young people throughout the world are having unprotected sex and know less about effective contraception, but a report released by the U.S. Center for Disease Control showed that more American teenagers are using condoms during their first sexual experiences, according to Reuters.

So, what do YOU think about the Birth Control Brigade video game? Do you think this is a good, fun alternative for kids to learn about sex education and pregnancy prevention? Do you think it’s introducing birth control in way that targets kids that are too young?

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2 thoughts on “Want To Play The ‘Birth Control Brigade’ Video Game?

  1. The responsibility of God-fearing/honouring Christian parents is that sex education and pregnancy prevention, which I call abstinence, is theirs and it should be taught within the Biblical framework. This article serves to remind us that we are dealing with more and more ungodliness and we must be vigilant in regards to teaching our children in the ways of the Lord and not leave it in the hands of others.

    Marital sex has been stripped of its Godliness and been reduced to a worldly, promiscuous, sin-filled, lustful copulation. Repackaging it in a video game doesn’t make society seem more responsible or the child more responsible.

    I’m sure the argument will be thrown around that ‘if your child is going to have sex, you can’t stop him/her; so better to teach him/her what to do if they choose to do it’. If the person who tells me this is not a Christian, my response is the Gospel. If the person who professes to be a Christian tells me this, my response is the Gospel, God’s sovereignty, our responsibility to honour God in the way we raise our children, and to remind them the consequences not only physically, emotionally but spiritually and especially morally, and lastly it is a sin. As a mother, I’m not going to make concessions for sin and think that I’m being loving towards my child and honouring God.

    I am very aware that as I raise my children, guide their hearts to the Cross, I have no guarantees that they will honour their bodies and reserve sex for marriage (I didn’t reserve my body for marriage and I can’t begin to explain the emotional, mental and physical scars as a result of my sin. The most greatest scar is the one I put on my Saviour. Since the Lord saved me a few years back (though I grew up as a churchian), I am growing in His grace and wisdom and I have to trust in my sovereign, good God that no matter what happens He is in control. God has entrusted me with His creation (my children) and I will not then entrust the world to raise them.

    Christian mothers, aunts, sisters, grandmothers, godmothers, friends, babysitters, teachers, be the Godly influence that is needed for our young people.

  2. My question would be whether or not this game addresses s*xually transmitted infections/diseases because those who are s*xually active in today’s world are more likely to develop one of those than become pregnant. Birth control is not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy or STIs…..total abstinence would be the only 100% s*xually healthy choice.

    Blessings,
    Tammy

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