Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Health magazine: Health magazine given green light

A schools' health magazine which was shelved because of concerns over its content has been given the go-ahead.
Distribution of the Explode magazine was put on hold after Portsmouth's education chief objected to the way it gave advice on sex, drugs and alcohol.

The city council and the YMCA have now agreed it can be distributed to primary schools - as long as parents consent to their children being given it.

A copy will be sent to the head teacher of every primary school in the city.

Content 'handled sensitively'

The distribution of the magazine, which looks at health issues affecting children and young people, to ten and 11-year-olds was postponed last month.

The council and the YMCA Fairthorne Group, who were both involved in putting together the magazine, have since held talks over how it should be used.

Schools have been told to give parents the opportunity to see the magazine for themselves so that they can decide if they want their children to take part in lessons using it.

Lynda Fisher, the council's strategic director for children, families and learning, said: "Following discussions about the risks associated with distributing a magazine that includes content that needs to be handled sensitively, I am delighted that we were able to reach a agreement with the YMCA Fairthorne Group."