“16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom”: Is MTV Really Sending The Right Message?

24 Jan

Like many people, my sister and I are addicted to MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom”.  It’s a great show with lots of controversy, which is something I love, but the more and more I watch I find myself wondering if this is sending the right message.  Sure, at the end of every episode they say that teen pregnancy is 100% preventable which is good, but is it enough?

I’ve worked in for Child Protective Services of over 5 years and I have seen so many teen moms come and go. Its one of the hardest things to watch.  Most of the teen moms I’ve seen don’t get to keep their babies because they can’t provide a stable environment.  On MTV’s shows most of these girls have a wonderful support system, but that is not how it always goes.  Not every parent is as supportive as they are on TV and not everyone gets that “happily ever after”.

Layla and I were watching the “16 and Pregnant: Where Are They Now?” episode.  At the end of each clip with each mom, they ask is they are on birth control.  Like that is the only thing that prevents pregnancy.  No, what prevents teen pregnancy is abstinence.  Having said that, I’m not a crazy abstinence lady.  It just happens to be true.  I’m very aware that kids are having sex and there is nothing that we adults can do about it.  What we can do is educate, educate, educate.  Birth control is not always a 100% effective.  Condoms aren’t either, but if you use both the chances drop even more for getting pregnant.

There will never be a world without pregnant teens, but its time to stop making it look so glamorous.  Its time to get serious because this is a serious problem.

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2 Responses to ““16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom”: Is MTV Really Sending The Right Message?”

  1. corisel January 26, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    Great post, your perspective as someone who works with teen mothers is really interesting.

  2. disturbedprincess January 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Amen to that!

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