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'Threesomes' website best for CV advice

There's no need for parents to fret about our teens: they are more interested in advice about their CVs than threesomes.

A storm of controversy erupted recently when it emerged that SpunOut.ie carried information about threesomes.

But the topic doesn't even feature in the top five hits by young people visiting the website, new figures show.

The HSE told Eoghan Murphy, Fine Gael TD for Dublin South East, that the website received on average nearly 11,000 unique visitors a week last year.

The top five articles related to "CVs, cover letters, grants, summer jobs and student accommodation", it said.

SpunOut is an independent, youth-led national charity working to empower young people aged between 16 and 25 to create personal and social change.

Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin brought the website, which is partly funded by the State, to the public attention.

When the row erupted, the site insisted it didn't promote threesomes, but gave young people the facts about them.

Last month, Health Minister James Reilly said articles on the website would be vetted more strictly by the HSE.

He said that the HSE funds external organisations such as SpunOut.ie to provide health information and support services signposting for 16- to 25-year-olds on a wide range of health issues.

He said: "SpunOut.ie actively engages with the online community of young people to promote the health information and advice services.

"SpunOut also delivered a series of awareness and action campaigns engaging young people on topics such as positive mental health, cyber-bullying and safe sex."

The site received €130,000 in public funding last year.

fdillon@herald.ie


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