Preventing Teen Pregnancy ASPECT 2
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Preventing Teen Pregnancy ASPECT 2
Preventing Teen Pregnancy is one of my aspects and how it can be be preventable.
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Interview with Mary Collins

Interview for senior project


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1. Q: Why do you think the Teen Pregnancy rate is high?

A: Because the average age that a girl gets her period is 10.8 years old. We wait to educate student much later, if at all.

2.Q: What advice do you give teens to prepare them for what lies ahead for them?

A: I tell them it is the hardest job they will ever have.

3. Q: In your opinion, what option do you see teens doing more, keeping the baby,adoption, or abortion,and what do you suggest?

A: I never suggest- and most of the time they keep the baby. It is such a difficult decision they choose.

4.Q: What resources are available for pregnant teens?

A:PACT- education and support


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Nutrtition Link- Penn State CO-Op Extension

5.Q: What's the best way to prevent teen pregnancy?

A: Educate girls about reproduction,Birth Control, and Promote Self Esteem

6. Q: How can teens continue to go to school when they have a baby and are on their own?

A: It takes a special teen but that is the goal of the PACT program, we know the first step to being successful is to be educated.

7.Q: Why could it be dangerous for a teen to be pregnant, considering their body is not in adult form?

A: It is more dangerous for the teen than the baby (fetus). Because teens are still developing they need much nutrition. Key: Is to be educated about proper nutrition.

8. Q: How could a teen tell their parents they are pregnant?

A: It is a good idea to have someone there to support you. If you are really scared you can write a letter.

9. Q: How do you think society views teen pregnancy?

A: Our society for most part has accepted teen pregnancy however it is still considered a "social  problem".

10. Q: What kind of effect does having a baby after high school have on a teen?

A: Because they love their child most teens do amazing things with their lives. I tell my students having a child need only be a detour on their road to success.

-Mary Collins


Sue Endres's curator insight, November 28, 2014 4:40 PM

A few thoughts on the subject and thought provoking discussion points.  

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itsatweenslife - Parents Pages - Peer Pressure: Understanding Why Your Tween Says ‘Yes’ When He Knows Better

itsatweenslife - Parents Pages - Peer Pressure: Understanding Why Your Tween Says ‘Yes’ When He Knows Better | Preventing Teen Pregnancy ASPECT 2 | by Ambros Tweens are particularly vulnerable to peer pressure. Tweens are at the tender time in their lives when they begin to pull away from their parents in an effort to test the waters on their own. Going it all alone can be too scary, tweens tend to turn to their friends to be find some direction. The difficulty is that their friends are also trying to find their own way.

Via Maria Renee
Maya Raulic's insight:

Communication with your teen is very important especially in this age and time, when informtion, good and bad, are just a click away.

Maya Raulic's comment, March 11, 2013 2:06 PM
Teen Pregnancy is something that is avoidable. Communication as a parent to your teen is important to prevent such things. When parents don't talk, Teens tend to turn to their friends which end up being a bad influence. They need to realize why they should be safe and what are the effects in the long run. Teens have to end up being alone most of the time and don't know what they are risking.
Maria Renee's comment, March 11, 2013 11:32 PM
That is so true, no matter how busy we are with our professional life, we should always remember we are parents first. And we need to talk to our children. A lot of things can be avoided when our children understand what these are and how each can affect them and their future. Let's all take a little time to devote it to them just to talk...and we should start early so that when they reach the awkward teenage years, it will still be easy for them to talk to us.
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'Romantic Sleepovers' Prevent Teen Pregnancy

"A new study suggests if the United States wants to decrease unwanted pregnancy and STIs among teenagers, it should take a look at how parents in the Netherlands handle budding teenage sexuality: romantic sleepovers.”


Sounds odd, but this video has some pretty solid evidence behind it. After all, one cannot ignore the fact that the Netherlands has a teen pregnancy rate of 3.4/1000, compared to Mississippi (where abstinence-only sex ed is practiced) with a rate of 55/1000. Also stresses the importance of frank conversations between parents and children—where have we heard that before?

Via Teens Talk
Maya Raulic's comment, March 11, 2013 2:17 PM
How much parents are influenced in Teen's sex life truly affects teens. How strict parents are towards there kids shows how much a kid is not aware of what is right and wrong when there parents are care free. Teen Pregnancy is rising in America cause teens are being care free. The abstinence of sex ed is not good because sex ed really stresses why teens should be pregnant or not.
Abraham Rose's curator insight, November 23, 2013 7:18 PM

This video from The Young Turks suplies some quite surprising information on the pregnancy rates produced by the cultural differences between the USA, let alone Mississippi (8.52% teen preg. rate), and the Netherlands (1.16% teen preg. rate). It seems to me that this strong indication of the more succesful sex education is produced by is also produced by the atmosphere of the families involved at the time of intercourse. (to be discussed more in the next post) This would partially be due to the fact that Dutch parents tend to speak more openly about sex and contraception but also simply the acceptance of their actions that the teen feel from their parents. In 2003 there was a survey that found that 2/3  Dutch 15-17s who are in stable relationships are have permission to sleep together in their bedrooms. Both sexes were reported to have the same chances to gain this approval. Although not as old guard as Mississipi or even the USA as a whole, I am sure that the "Aussie" way of dealing with the subject of sex and contraception is not nearly as progressive as that of Holland.

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Bring Up Reading Rates to Bring Down Teen Pregnancy

Bring Up Reading Rates to Bring Down Teen Pregnancy | Preventing Teen Pregnancy ASPECT 2 |
A new study sheds light on how literacy rates affect teen pregnancy rates.

Via Cathryn Wellner
Maya Raulic's comment, March 11, 2013 8:52 PM
Studies show how students do in school and what activities they do affects their rate of getting into troubles like sex and drugs. Getting kids involved with school and activities helps to reduce teen pregnacy, as shown in studies. Especially in reading books has really showed that teens who do not read good are more likely to become pregnant.
Cathryn Wellner's comment, March 11, 2013 10:43 PM
All young people deserve education that excites their imagination. Thanks for your insightful comment, Maya.
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The U.S. Still Leads the Developed World in Teen Pregnancy Because American Teens Don’t Know How to Use Condoms

The U.S. Still Leads the Developed World in Teen Pregnancy Because American Teens Don’t Know How to Use Condoms | Preventing Teen Pregnancy ASPECT 2 |

Never knew wearing a condome was more difficult than Sudoko.

The U.S. teen pregnancy rate is the highest in the developed world.  But there's good news: The numbers have been going down for a few decades, hitting a 42-percent drop by 2008. The decline occurred across all races — though blacks and Latinos continued to have higher numbers.

The dramatic decline is a huge success for those who have worked to prevent teen pregnancy, but there's still much work ahead

Via malek
Maya Raulic's insight:

Teens need to be more aware of WHY they should use a condom, and why they NEED too.

Maya Raulic's comment, March 11, 2013 9:01 PM
Despite an encouraging decline in teen pregnancy, the U.S. still lacks far behind the rest of the world when it comes to teenagers not really knowing how their reproductive organs work and consequently using contraception incorrectly or not at all.Cantor's organization is currently helping school districts implement a new policy towards sex ed called "Abstinence Plus," which the state legislature passed last summer in order to give school districts the option of exploring what that mysterious "plus" is all about. This will help teens learn more about what they are getting themselves into.
Marena Dials's curator insight, April 24, 2015 1:25 AM

Teenagers are completely lost when it comes to using contraception. They are not given factual information, so the use of any form of contraception maybe the affect on their pregnancies. The U.S is accountable for many other states who had never required sex education to be taught in their school districts, since the official state policy was abstinence. According to Executive Director of Mississippi First, Rachel Cantor , in the state of Mississippi "every county has a teen birth rate that is higher than the national average". Cantor has developed an organization called "Abstinence Plus" which allows the districts and others to explore what the secretly "plus" is about. Nearly 35 districts have approved the policy within their schools because of the birth rate that is as high as 111 births out of every 1,000 girls.

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Teen Pregnancy Down - Thanks, Birth Control!


"Teen birth rates appear to have reached historic lows.

A new study from researchers at the government's National Center for Health Statistics shows the U.S. teen birth rate has continued its recent declines to hit a record low of 31.3 births per 1,000 women in 2011."*

Teen birth rates have hit a historic low in the United States. The amount of sex being had hasn't really changed, so could it be that more readily-available birth control is helping change the numbers? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

*Read more from Ryan Jaslow/ CBS News:

Via Darcy Delaproser
Maya Raulic's insight:

This is a great way to prevemt teen pregnancy. More teen girls need to be on this if they are going to have sex.

Maya Raulic's comment, March 11, 2013 9:10 PM
Teen Pregnacy rates are starting to lower over the last few years because of teens realizing what is out there and the impact of being taught that. Birth control is although good to prevent teen pregnacy, it does not prevent STDs or the fact that its not right to just go around and have sex with everyone. In the choice of having sex teens need to realize that getting pregnant is not the only worry.
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Tami Yaklich's comment, March 21, 2013 11:49 PM
Good info so far 30/30
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 21, 2013 11:49 PM
Great interview source
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Abstinence-Only For Mississippi

Abstinence-Only For Mississippi | Preventing Teen Pregnancy ASPECT 2 |

“What you do today affects your future,” [Program Director Jima Alexander] said. "We talk about teenage sexual relationships and the possible consequences, such as teenage pregnancy and STDs.”


This article, straight out of Mississippi, describes the implementation and criticism of an abstinence-only curriculum in several Mississippi schools. While the more traditional approach may come as a surprise for many Northern Virginians used to comprehensive sex ed (“church ministers…teach the lessons”), it never hurts to gain another perspective on this issue—especially given Mississippi’s significance as the state with the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation.

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Maya Raulic's comment, March 11, 2013 2:09 PM
Other then the fact of pregnancy, teens should be effected through religion if they are religious. They talk about the risks like diseases and being pregnant but why it is wrong to have sex with anyone. People need to realize why sex is a special thing not something to do all the time. People need to realize what there morals are.
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Billboard Hopes to Encourage Parent-Teen Conversations on Sex and Teen Pregnancy

"A recently erected billboard aims to spark the uncomfortable conversation between parents and teens.The large ad shows a couple looking at each other, the girl with her arms around the guy. And to the side, the question, 'How will your kid learn about sex?'"


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Maya Raulic's insight:

I think parents should have more influence on teens and should talk to their children more. Alot of parents dont contribute enough.

Maya Raulic's comment, March 11, 2013 8:39 PM
Although some trouble spots remain, especially in rural counties, North Carolina seems to be doing an excellent job of reducing teenage pregnancy, with rising involvement and innovation in effective awareness and education campaigns with teen pregnancy rates dropping throughout the state. This billboard is but one example of how our friends in the Tar Heel State encourage open and honest conversations--a empowering youth to avoid teen pregnancy has begun.
Marena Dials's curator insight, April 28, 2015 2:07 AM

Parents need to talk to there teens more instead of thinking "maybe their not ready' or "that didn't cross their mind". When you think you know your child you really and truly don't. The more you wait to talk the more they tend to have sex. Never give a child the mindset on that they won't mess up and that every mistake is a lesson learned  because when they actually do you'll be upset because you always expected greater, and never pictured the outcome with having a young child as a mother or father.

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States With The Highest Teen Pregnancy Rates Lack Adequate Sex Ed Requirements | ThinkProgress

States With The Highest Teen Pregnancy Rates Lack Adequate Sex Ed Requirements | ThinkProgress | Preventing Teen Pregnancy ASPECT 2 |
Teen pregnancies have fallen to record lows. But according to a new report from Guttmacher Institute that breaks out data by each state, the decline is uneven across the country.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
Maya Raulic's comment, March 11, 2013 8:43 PM
Lack of sex ed has a great impact on teen pregnancy. Teen pregnacy though is beginning to fall because classes are beginning to start up, but it is still high in staes that sex ed classes are not.Schools need to be required to have to teach a sex ed classes because this is the only way for sure teens will be aware of their risks not only in pregnancy but in stds too.
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Sex education 'doesn't cut teen pregnancy rate' claims academic - Telegraph

Sex education 'doesn't cut teen pregnancy rate' claims academic - Telegraph | Preventing Teen Pregnancy ASPECT 2 |
Sex education lessons and freely handing out contraception to young people has little impact on teenage pregnancy rates, according to a controversial study.

Via Infidel Patriot
Maya Raulic's insight:

Maybe if the classes were more effective then Teens would be more aware. Maybe they need to think of new ideas.

dylan lees's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:53 PM

This shows that even with sex eduation and lots of teachers helping teenagers, they still can not seen to stop getting pregant and contraception doesnt always work too. 

This article is good showing teenagers the right way to go.

brayden's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:23 AM

This article says that a recent controversial study shows that even handing out contraceptive devices to teenagers and giving them lessons on what can happen if unsafe sex is done, this has little impacts according to the telegraph. This fits well because it shows more needs to be done to stop teens having unprotected sex.

Tian Molnar's curator insight, November 25, 2014 10:06 PM

This article outlines the arrogance and irresponsibility of teenagers male and female. Teenage pregnancy is a very serious issue that is currently being addressed, and without the help of teenagers listening to the education being given its very hard for doctors and parents to educate the cild.


Most teenage girls don't plan to get pregnant, but many do. Teen pregnancies carry extra health risks to both the mother and the baby. Often, teens don't get prenatal care soon enough, which can lead to problems later on.

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Planned Parenthood slams Bloomberg administration's new teen pregnancy ads

Planned Parenthood slams Bloomberg administration's new teen pregnancy ads | Preventing Teen Pregnancy ASPECT 2 |
Planned Parenthood blasted an edgy new city-sponsored ad campaign against teen pregnancy, saying it shames teen parents and their kids.
Maya Raulic's insight:

Teens need to realize they need to plan parent hood. They need to know what is out there for them.

Maya Raulic's comment, March 11, 2013 9:06 PM
Ads being posted on billboards and all over the country has put an impact on teens being more careful because it is starting to become an embarressing thing being a pregnant teen because teens have started to think it was cool and alright to be pregnant but they started to realize how it is the complete opposite. It makes teens realize how much kids cost and how much responsibility they are, not just the fact that the teens themselves are giving up so much but the hard work they are getting themselves into and that it is no longer about them. These sort of ads and articles are said to have begun to decrease teen pregnacy and make teens realize how important kids are once you have them.