I do not recall what prompted this memory, but I recently remembered an online debate that took place a couple of years ago on a listserv of which I am a member. One parent was complaining about the placement of a billboard adjacent to the highway that dissects her town and is located en route to a couple of elementary and middle schools. The advertisement was for condoms. This particular woman was dismayed that such an ad would be placed in a visible spot where kids might see it. Other people on the listserv responded, some defending the placement of the ad, others worrying what conversation they might have with their kids if they saw it.

Parents: perfect conversation prompt! What a great opportunity to talk to your kids whether they ask you about the billboard or (gasp),  you bring up the subject with “Did you see that billboard?” This ideal opportunity allows you to have a discussion with your child that reflects your personal/ family values.

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