TV And Teen Pregnancy

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Popular shows on television networks such as “MTV” can have a great impact on a young person’s life. Displaying the “Real Life” situations such as the every growing popular show “16 and Pregnant”. This show documenting your women’s lives as they come to a close on their unexpected pregnancies and the delivery of their new lives. Making teen pregnancy look glamorous and fun. Putting a mask on the real issue. The purpose of the television show was to prevent teen pregnancy, further more, painting a perfect picture of how little the lives of these young girls have changed. However, making teen pregnancy look fun/easy, glamorous and not life changing is nothing but deceiving. “Mom I’m pregnant!” are the worst words that should make any mother happy—when the time is right—to hear their daughter(s) say. These are the worst words that any parent wants to hear from the little girl, whom is between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. Seeing the shows on television; for example, “16 and Pregnant”, have made being a teen mother look fun and easy. These young girls want a—live—baby doll to play with and dress up. According to the New York Times, “shows like “16 and Pregnant” might have influenced teenagers’ behavior”. Showing these young people that teen pregnancy …show more content…
The television programmers claim that this type of show was to help reduce teenage pregnancy. Although, this is not the case. Teen pregnancy is still on the rise. According to the CDC, “In 2014, a total of 249,078 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years”. This is a shocking number of babies born to young mothers. This can be prevented, by the teaching and talks with parents. The parents knowing where their children are and making sure that they are practicing safe sex, if they are having sex. As MTV stated at the end of the show “16 & Pregnant” “TEEN PREGNACY IS 100%

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