In comparison to other developed countries, the United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancy. It is twice the amount of Canada! It was in 2008 that teen pregnancy dropped for the first time in nearly two years and this downward trend will hopefully continue.
What a lot of parents fail to acknowledge is that their “little girl” or “little boy” has grown up. Often parents feel that their “children” (young adults) are too young to be talked to about sex. However, this is not the case. More than 50% of teenagers have had sex before the age of 18.
Most teenagers who have sex at an early age, do it without thinking of the consequences. A discussion with your child would definitely make them more aware. As well, children are now being given more knowledge on the subject at school. They are learning about different contraceptive methods they could use if they wish to have sex and how to say no if they are being pressured into something like this. Not only school, and home, but TV shows are also starting to show the effects that teen pregnancy can have on a teenager and his/ her live, especially that of the young woman’s. One such show is “16 and Pregnant” which airs on MTV.
A great effort has been made to inform teenagers and this has lead to a 2% decline in teen pregnancy. Hopefully the rate of teen pregnancy drops even more.
Please remember that majority of teenagers who have had sex say they regret having it at such an early age. Don’t let this happen to your child.
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