March 08, 2019 08:55 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - For some parents, having "the talk" with teens about sex can be difficult. Planned Parenthood has created a tool to help.
An online software called Roo was designed by a group of high school kids in Brooklyn.
The group came together to collect data and design the chatbot that would make kids would feel comfortable interacting with. It's a reliable source of information for teens on topics like periods, pregnancy, condoms, and dating.
Roo allows you to type in a question or choose from a list of frequently asked questions. The chatbot responds immediately with an answer and links to online evidence-based information on the topic.
Debora McDell-Hernandez with Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York says in the age of social media misinformation, this tool is necessary and valuable.
"We're in a digital age and there's an abundance of information out there," McDell-Hernandez said. "Sometimes there's information that's accurate information out there and sometimes it's not accurate."
Roo is free and available 24/7.
"At Planned Parenthood, one of our things is having access to healthcare be accessible and affordable to all," McDell-Hernandez said. "This meets all those standards."
If Roo doesn't know the answer to a question, the chatbot will ask the user to rephrase the question or connect them to reliable evidence-based resources about the topic.
If it's a serious issue, Roo will ask if a teen wants to be connected to a health educator.
To use Roo, you can text "Roo" to 22422.
Updated: March 08, 2019 08:55 AM
Created: March 08, 2019 08:50 AM
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