Family | Texting hotlines usurp sexual education
by Mary Jackson
Posted 11/27/20, 02:09 pm
Many parents in Virginia learned for the first time about a government-funded text hotline offering their teenagers anonymous sex advice when postcards appeared in their mailboxes.
The brightly colored notice, sent to more than 95,000 Virginia households in September, featured animated teens holding cellphones and discussing an anonymous text hotline in which a “certified health educator” answered their questions within 24 hours on “relationships, contraception, sex, pregnancy, [sexually transmitted infections], sexuality + more.”