Teenage Sex and Pregnancy<br />It is more than a choice or a right, it is a responsibility.<br />Cierra Bennett<br />Kaplan University<br />CM220-27 College Composition II<br />Professor Hanson<br />July 24th 2011<br />
Table of Contents<br />Thesis<br />Media’s Influences/ Parental Control<br />Media’s Influences/Parental Control Continued<br />Reinforcing Sexual Education<br />Focus Groups: Addressing Teen Pregnancy within the community<br />Cited Sources<br />
Thesis Statement<br />Young boys and girls are bringing babies into this world when they are not fully ready nor prepared to take care of another life. <br />
Influences of Media/Parental Control<br />Many experts argue that video games make children violent; my argument is that the shows teenagers watch help them make decisions about their lives. <br />For example:<br /><ul><li>A survey of 2100 teenage girls, only 11-year olds said they do not feel pressure from the media to have sex (Strasburger, 2005).</li></ul>Also, in several studies teenagers who watch a lot of TV and moves are more inclined to accept stereotypical sex roles and to believe that the unusual sexual behavior that is presented in shows are realistic (Strasburger, 2005).<br />Media is looked at as the “super peer.” The pressure of kids to go out and make decisions based on what they see of others. For example; the social cognitive theory, kids and teenagers learn by observing what they see others do directly as well as through television (Strasburger, 2005).<br />Shows that are at the top of the list that are about teen sex and pregnancy;<br />16 and Pregnant- A show that presents young teenagers having children, contemplating abortion or going through with adoption.<br />Teen Mom- A show that is after being on the show “16 and Pregnant.” Where are they now, and how are they doing with raising a child.<br />Being on television is allowing these young girls and boys get money for some airtime. These teen mothers are making up to $60,000 per season. (www.popeater.com) <br />Media isn’t showing true struggle when they make this kind of money, if anything, it’s showing kids that being pregnant will get you some airtime and a good amount of money.<br />
Media Influences/Parental Control Continued<br />Nearly 75% of all primetime television shows contain some sexual content. For the top 20 teen shows, this figure increases to 83%. (Strasburger, 2005)<br />An example of this is “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” This show is constantly presenting teenage boys and girls having sex, finding fun in it and doing it with several partners.<br />If you go too www.abcfamily.com and search up the show and watch a few episodes, you’ll see how much it is showing our teenagers. Are they really being helpful or saying it’s okay to have sex?<br />Parental Control<br />Parental control has become a great start in cable companies such as Time Warner Cable. This allows parents to go through their televisions and block off what they don’t want their children to see.<br />For example;<br />Violence. (The Sopranos)<br />Pornography. (Shows on MAX or Showtime)<br />These shows can be off the television with a click of a button. <br />The shows I have presented should be in this same category because what are they teaching our children, really?<br />The question is: If the rates are at it’s lowest in teenage pregnancy, why are there continuing seasons of “16 and Pregnant?” <br />
Sexual Education<br />Sexual education has been taken out of schools in my community. It is important that teenagers are aware of sex and the responsibility it brings such as, using contraceptives, diseases and pregnancies. <br />A survey showed that 90% of schools who have sexual education:<br /><ul><li>30% were learning of abstinence only
47% were learning of abstinence as well and would stress the importance of it, but would also mention birth control.
Focus Groups in the Community<br />Focus groups are what would be a good development in the community. Teenagers need a place to go if they have questions about sex, or if they are pregnant and are in need of help. These focus groups will always help parents.<br />The parents will be able to come here and find ways to talk to their children about sex because most parents either ignore the issue or are not quite sure how to bring it up to their kids.<br />The base of the focus groups are:<br /><ul><li>Helping teenage mothers and fathers become better parents. They are new to this and need all the help that they can get.
Talking with parents of these children on how we can better prevent pregnancies within the community and in our own homes.
Allowing anyone to come forth to this group and ask questions and speak their concerns and working together to help them.
Most importantly, we are there to listen and to guide these teenagers, teen parents as well as parents </li></li></ul><li>References<br /><ul><li>Adoles Med 16(2005) 269-288; Adolescents, Sex and the Media: OOOO Baby, Baby- Q & A- </li></ul>Victor C Strasburger, M.D.<br />Retrieved From: WWW.GoogleScholar.com<br /><ul><li>www.abcfamily.com
www.popeater.com</li></ul>Retrieved from: www.google.com<br /><ul><li>Family Planning Perspectives; 1986 Guttmacher Institute</li></ul>“The Effects of Sex Education on Adolescent Behavior”<br />Retrieved from: www.googlescholar.com<br />