Media contributes to teenage sex

by Sal on March 22, 2006

in Politics,Pop Culture

A new study has shown that teenage sex is linked to childhood viewing of sexual content/materials on television, movies, and through music. This is about as obvious as the fact that Bill Clinton had a sex problem.

There are two problems here:

  • The media constantly pushes and publishes content that is sexually themed, even in shows that are geared towards children.
  • Parents do not monitor what their kids should watch.

How does one solve this problem? It’s not by censorship. The government cannot and should not tell the media what it should and should not publish. The real area where work needs to be done is with parents. Parents need to know what their kids are watching/listening to and must instill good values to their children. If enough parents did that, the media would take notice and not be as careful to push sexual content on shows heavily watched by children.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ryan March 22, 2006 at 4:41 pm

The school at which I teach is full of kids having sex and abortions regularly. It is very depressing and I HATE hearing stories like some I heard even today.

I will blame society for some of it, but direct peer pressure contributes greatly. Since I teach in a town with a high level of median income, whose parents are often too busy working to chat with their kids, one can tell that it is often times the student’s peers that direct their moral compass… leading them regularly to dead ends.


Chris March 22, 2006 at 6:41 pm

I agree with both your assessments, however, I think parental neglect comes into play the most. As in this place and former districts where I’ve worked, Mom and Dad are busy working to pay off the mortgage on the McMansion and the leases on the Range Rovers, leaving the kids at home without moral guidance. Parents MUST take the time to tell their kids what is right and what is wrong and teach them to have a strong values system that will lead them to positive decision-making, success and happiness in life (in many cases the parents don’t know, suffering from the “not my child” syndrome). If parents do not do this, adolescents will be left to their peers, who know less than the parents about life and living it.

Not only does this apply to teenage sex, but also to teenage drug use. This story about one of my former students is most fresh in my mind and upsets me every time I think of it. If parental intervention would have taken place sooner, even before the 1st incident , the whole thing could have been avoided.

When parents take their roles in active parenting, as well as end the “not my child” syndrome, the peers are taken out of the equation, lessening the chance for these acts to occur and bad decisions to be made. As a result, the quality of life of American adolsescents will be improved.


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