Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 2:46:58 AM
Parents are more aware of the issue of teenage pregnancy, and their awareness has a positive influence on their teen’s behavior regarding sex, abstinence or birth control. Parents are more likely to talk with their teens about birth control than 20 years ago because they were afraid to talk about sex and weren’t educated on the facts and pretty much lived in denial about whether their teens were having sex. Parents are now more comfortable to talk about condoms, birth control and whether to abstain from sex, and teens want their parent to care and be involved. Most teenage pregnancy occurs with minority teens who are economically disadvantaged, and the mothers of minority teens are better educated to the facts and understand the consequences of teenage pregnancy because it might have happened to them or someone that they knew, and they don’t want it to happen to their daughter. They also don’t have the money to help out, and they will speak strongly to their teen about what happens it you’re pregnant. Where is the money going to come from to take care of your baby?
Secondly, teens have much more information with sex education at high school and teen pregnancy on MTV and lots of others TV show, and with all the information distributed by churches and other groups it’s hard to avoid the issue. Teens talk about the issue or talk about weather to abstain from sex. They should consider when to have sex and also be better educated on birth control. Teenage pregnancy has really been lowered with teens 13-15, and teens are even having fewer abortions, so teens are more careful today about having sex or abstaining.
Teens think about their future, that if they have the baby, they would lose a lot of opportunities that they desire; for example, if they have a baby, they cannot go to college or hangout with friends like they used to. They might not get a job that they want to get and not make enough money to support their family because they cannot go to college, and not getting an education will make it harder for them to get a job. The facts are there. Before, teens weren’t educated to the facts, and they didn’t use birth control. And with the economy not being good, teens are more careful about their decisions regarding to have protection during sex or risk getting pregnant, so that the may be able to provide for a child they may bring into to world.