Teen Pregnancy....The New Trend?

It seems as if teen pregnancy has taken over the media over the past few months. Beginning (for the sake of this argument) with the release of Juno late last year, the topic of teen pregnancy in the media has become almost, well, common. In Juno, Juno ended up fairly okay after the whole experience of being pregnant and giving birth. Only a few months after the movies release, Jamie Lynne Spears announces she is pregnant. Having just recently given birth to her daughter, she is now going around saying "Being a mom is the best feeling in the world!" Most recently is the show The Secret Life of the American Teenager (A personal favorite of a few of us Buzz Builders :) ). Viewers find out the leader character is pregnant within the first five minutes of the show (if they hadn't already known from the teasers). Labeled the "Juno Effect," the media has continued to move forward publicizing different teen pregnancies. Not only are they more common in the media, but they are being portrayed in a somewhat positive light. Even with Secret Life's mini PSAs throughout the show, as far as the viewer is concerned, she may be pregnant, but she also just met the boy of her dreams.

Among all the buzz about teen pregnancy being portrayed as positive by the media, new strikes about seventeen teens in a single Massachusetts town who are currently pregnant. It seems like something has to be done. But what could really be done that could educate teens about safe sex the reality of teen pregnancy without seeming too educational?

Thats where Planned Parenthood comes in. Planned Parenthood has created a new sex-ed road show, "Sex on the Road" which is posted on their website. The show travels to cities across the country visiting famous sex sites in each city, gets opinions on sex from city dwellers as well as provides informative sex-ed content. However, it is also posted on youtube.com in order to make the videos easy to pass along to others. The hope is that as it is passed around, teens will be educated. While I am not sure this can really work (I mean, how long are teens really going to stay watching a sex ed video when they could be on facebook??), there does hold some educational potential