www.freedigitalphotos.net 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.
"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?
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
"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.
“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.
"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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