Oh, the birds and the bees. Not so long ago parents and kids alike would typically dread having “the talk” in all its analog, face-to-face glory. And while search engines have taken a load off in recent years, kids can get a lot of bad information — or just run into a lot of porn — if they ask their sex-related questions online.
So New Mexico has decided to join North Carolina in launching a free texting service called BrdsNBz that targets teens and their parents. The service promises that, within 24 hours of someone texting a sexual health question, a health expert will text back a private and nonjudgmental response.
The service is available in both Spanish and English in the state that ranks third in teen birth rates. (On a related note, teen childbearing in the U.S. cost taxpayers at least $ 10.9 billion in 2008 alone, according to an analysis by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and U… [Read more]