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?