Or, if they did, it was only to discourage them from being sexually active.“Parents and legislators fail to understand that although they may favor abstinence-only sex education (despite the lack of any evidence of its effectiveness), the media are decidedly not abstinence only,” reads a 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement.Or where primetime TV shows—the kind you often watch with your family—not infrequently make reference to anal sex? Longitudinal studies suggest exposure to sexual content on TV and other media in early adolescence is linked to double the risk of early sexual intercourse, and young people whose parents limit their TV time are less likely to partake in early sexual behavior.
“It’s a way to say to someone, here is a thing that could destroy me, I trust that you won’t use it.” On paper, the United States is checking all the right boxes of managing teen sexual behavior.
The national pregnancy rate is at a record low and it appears teens are waiting longer to have sex, and those that are sexually active are using birth control more than previous years. has only gotten worse,” says Victor Strasburger, an adolescent medicine expert and distinguished professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
Their target: a sex-ed book published by Mc Graw Hill.
It offers the traditional advice and awkward diagrams plus some considerably more modern tips: a how-to for asking partners if they’ve been tested for STDs, a debate on legalizing prostitution.
While many parents think that explaining the consequences of sending out explicit images will get teens to stop, they may be missing the point.