By Jackie Burrell
Friday, November 14th, 2008 at 11:33 am in Teens.
You may have seen that alarming Rand study earlier this month that found that teens who watch a lot of sexy TV shows are twice as likely to become pregnant over the next three years as peers who stick to tamer entertainment. Researchers think racy content, which has doubled on television in the last few years, and rarely shows contraception efforts or risks, is promoting unprotected sex at earlier ages. In other words, you get a skewed view of sexual risks if your health ed consists solely of Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf‘s couplings.
Now comes word from Tyra Banks, talk show host , supermodel and Glamour Magazine’s 2008 Woman of the Year, that teens …
are having far more unprotected sex – earlier and in strange venues – than parents ever suspected. Banks and her show conducted an online poll this summer involving more than 10,000 teens and young women, ages 13-17 and 18-25. The results? Stunning. The average age of these girls’ first experiences was 15, not the 17 quoted in federal statistics. More than half – 52% don’t use protection – and 14% are doing it at school. Yes, you read that right. At. School. One in three were afraid they had contracted an STD, and 24% who actually had STDs were having unprotected sex. And 20% wanted to be a teen mom. Banks is hosting a teen panel on her show today. Set your Tivo to record, folks, then have a chat with your daughters and sons.