The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

It’s Your Game

Welcome to It’s Your Game…Keep It Real (IYG), a middle school abstinence-plus program that has been proven to delay sexual behaviors among adolescents.  IYG is a fun and effective way to teach teens about their bodies, personal relationships, personal rules and sex while giving them the skills to grow into safe, responsible young adults.

Below you will find a description of some of the computer-based activities that are part of IYG.  To access the IYG curriculum, visit www.itsyourgame.org.  Remember that only the full computer-and-classroom curriculum has been shown to be effective; individual components, while useful, are not considered effective.  Support the adoption of IYG in your school district today!

Knowing Your Body

These activities are designed to teach students about the physiological and psychological changes that occur during puberty as well as about reproductive anatomy and the biology behind reproduction.

Healthy Friendships and Healthy Relationships

These activities are designed to teach students about the importance of social support and building healthy friendships and relationships. Students learn how to differentiate between qualities that are unhealthy and healthy.

Selecting, Detecting and Protecting Your Rules

These activities are designed to teach students about playing by their own rules. Students learn how to select personal rules, detect situations or people that may challenge their rules, and protect their rules when their rules are threatened.

Consequences of Sex

These activities are designed to teach students about the emotional, physical and social consequences of having sex, getting an STD or HIV, or becoming pregnant.

Risk Reduction Strategies

These activities are designed to teach students about strategies they can use to protect themselves if they choose to have sex. Students learn about the importance of getting tested, the steps of proper condom use and the effectiveness of various contraceptive methods.

Additional Information about It’s Your Game…Keep It Real and The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

The goal at The University of Texas Prevention Research Center (UTPRC) is to work with parents and school districts to implement an effective, fact-based curriculum that leads to healthier futures for teens in Texas.  Here are the facts about the It’s Your Game… Keep It Real (IYG) curriculum developed by researchers at UTPRC:

  1. Abstinence is the primary focus, and it is encouraged over any other behavior.

  2. Research is clear: the MORE teens know about sex the LONGER they wait to have sex. Studies show that appropriately educated teens start having sex later and are more responsible once they start.

  3. UTPRC respects and supports parents’ role as the primary sexual health educators of their teens and encourages parents to decide if this curriculum is right for their teens.

Research indicates that involved parents are effective in educating their teens on sexual health topics; however, many parents are not having these critical discussions.  

UTPRC is strongly committed to providing accurate information about the content, development, and funding of its research in general and IYG in particular.  Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.