New research suggests that teens who spend the most time watching sexually charged television shows are twice as likely to become pregnant or impregnate someone else.Really? Is this really all that new of information?
The findings, reported in the November issue ofPediatrics, don't prove that sexy programming leads directly to pregnancy.
Still, parents should pay close attention to what their kids watch, said study author Anita Chandra, a researcher with Rand Corp.
"Not a lot of content on TV talks about the potential negative consequences of sex," Chandra said. "Characters engage in sexual talk or activity, give positive attributes to sex, and there's little discussion about the risks and contraceptive use."
As a result, she said, kids might become interested in sex without realizing the potential pitfalls.
My wife and I were watching a documentary the other night on TLC about Purity Balls, prom-like events that fathers attend with their pre-/early-teen daughters who vow to a chaste life, including - for some - not kissing until the wedding day. A woman made a comment during an interview to the effect of "these [commitments] are important even more so in today's culture because sex is so much more 'out there'."
Q's for you's:
--Do you think that premarital and/or teenage sex is more prevalent now than during your school days? Your parent's school days?
--Do you plan to do one of these purity balls with your daughter? Why/why not?
--Should purity ball's be held for boys also?