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Show 16 and Pregnant Reducing Teen Pregnancy Rates

When “16 and Pregnant” started airing on MTV, parents and family professionals worried that it could glorify teen pregnancy in turn increasing teen pregnancy rates.

Show "16 and Pregnant" Tied to Reduced Pregnancy Rates

Studies show that the news is just the opposite. Check it out:

Personally, example has always been my best teacher both for the good and the bad. Watching someone else experience the consequences of a bad decision was typically enough to keep me from making the same mistake. I’ve often credited the good choices that I made as a youth to some of the bad examples that I observed (insert memory of high school friend getting drunk and making out with a gross guy here).

At ALT Summit in 2011 Seth Aaron  from Project Runway  joked that his kids make good choices because he lets them watch “COPS“.  He jokingly credited COPS for their straight A grades.


I am constantly concerned about what my kids are exposed to in the media and how it will impact their world view. I get more and more concerned the closer my kids come to being teens when I will have less control of what content they come in contact with. Is it possible that our kids have stronger filters than we think?

What do you think? Have you watched “16 and Pregnant”? Do you (or would you) let your teen watch the show?

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  1. Gwynne Montgomery 01/20/2014 at 1:37 pm

    Yes, I’d let my son watch it. It’s more real than some of the other reality shows out there, and it shows all sides of being a teen parent; not just the good times, but the heart break, the financial struggle, the not getting to go out with friends because baby has a fever. All of it.

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  3. Kerry 01/17/2014 at 1:52 pm

    Five minutes ago I would have said “no way!” to the question of letting my two children watch the show when they are teens. But these results are compelling, and encouraging. I confess to have watched a season (OK, two) of Teen Mom and they don’t pull punches. It’s not an easy life.