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RAND Study links viewing sexual content on TV with teen pregnancy—even when factors such as grades, family structure and parent’s level of education was taken into account.

Is this surprising to anyone??????

I consider myself a fairly hip, open and progressive person. But, even I am uncomfortable with the amount of sexuality on TV today, particularly among shows that are marketed to “teens.”

Two and a Half Men—Emmy-award winning “family” sitcom starring a teen—mentions sex EVERY episode THROUGHOUT every episode. Now it’s in syndication.

Reality shows like Tila Tequila, The Real World, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love and so many more have young people with fake breasts, dressing scantily, stripping for men, and having sex with one another. With NO consequences.
Here are some of my concerns:

  • Casual sex is glamorized

  • There is no discussion about contraception, unplanned pregnancies, or STDs

  • It is everywhere, all the time—sometimes in your face, sometimes subtly—but it is always there seeping into their developing brains

  • Some will argue that these shows are just “reflecting” what teens are really doing…….
    Teens drink alcohol and experiment with marijuana and other drugs. If the majority of programming on TV had young people drinking heavily and using drugs, there would be public outrage.
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    The material in this book is relevant to a wide range of parents, including but not limited to those who:

    * Think their teen is fine, but just want to make sure.

    * Worry their teen maybe struggling and want to get an idea as to what may be going on.

    * Know their teen is experiencing some difficulties but aren’t sure what to do about it.

    * Feel alarmed and frightened by their teen’s behavior and want guidance.

    * Have tried to get help for their teen in the past, but the situation did not improve.

    * Have found help for their teen and want to be certain they are on the right track.

    Every type of parent can benefit from this book—married parents, single parents, divorced parents, stepparents, adoptive parents, foster parents, and even grandparents. (more…)

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