Sex Surveys and Hotlines Put Children at Risk

Peter Sprigg

Family Watch International has done much to alert parents and policymakers of the dangers to children found in the curricula of so-called "Comprehensive Sexuality Education" or "CSE" programs offered in schools. But non-curricular resources such as "hotlines" and invasive surveys can also pose a danger to the innocence of children and the rights of parents.

For example, controversy arose last year in both Barbados and Belize over a detailed survey administered by the Inter-American Development Bank or IDB. Students were asked if they agreed with statements like the following:

"I drink alcohol without parents' approval."
"I deliberately try to hurt or kill myself."
"I think about sex too much."
"I wish I were of the opposite sex."

Parents in Barbados worried that such questions could plant "seeds" in children's minds, and argued that it was "illegal" for their children to be "quizzed on such sensitive information" without parental permission.

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