Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Non-information information

I heard this PSA on the radio yesterday afternoon on my regular "oldies" channel, as I was driving to pick up J from the camp bus stop.

ADULT: It’s hard to talk to your kids about the s-word. Cause they’re too young to think about... bedroom activities. So, you try to limit their exposure to adult behavior. But let’s be honest. There’s birds and bees stuff all over the place.

On TV, 64% of programs include...you know.

The Internet’s even worse. 42% of kids between 10 and 17 have inadvertently seen, well, funny business, online.

It’s everywhere.

KID: We know the s-word makes you uncomfortable. It’s embarrassing. But you’ve gotta be the parent. You’ve gotta talk to us about sex. Because everyone else is. And they’re not talking about waiting. That part’s up to you. You don’t have to be explicit about it. You don’t have to talk about the parts. Just tell us how you feel. Tell us what to do. Tell us you want us to wait to… do that stuff. For help starting the conversation, visit 4parents.gov.

KID: Brought to you by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and this station.

So I thought, okay, cool, a radio commercial about sex ed! True, they used six euphemisms for sex, but it IS hard to talk about sex with your kids, and you really DO have to do it. So I went home and checked out 4parents.gov. And then...

I was really disturbed.

Turns out that 4parents.gov must be a left-over from the Bush Administration, because it's basically non-information information about sex. It is a TERRIBLE web site and I can't believe it's still up there on the internet! And that it's funded by HHS!

Turns out that it's been up on the internet since 2005 and 145 agencies have called for its removal, and they haven't taken it down yet!

There are so many wonderful, informative websites out there, and this is what our government is promoting? Oy!

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