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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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    Do you know a sweet, compliant child who has become a moody, defiant, unfocused, unpredictable, angry or overly sensitive teenager?

    Are you wondering if that teen is going through a “phase”–or if something may really be wrong?

    Does something feel “not right” about your own teen’s behavior?

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    Readers are given specific questions to ask professionals before working with them, recommendations for obtaining quality evaluations for teens, and information on effective treatment for adolescents.

    Practical advice is given regarding successfully interacting with or parenting teens with special needs, taking care of YOU so you can take care of teens, and a detailed resource section helps put your new knowledge into action.

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