Roughly one in four teen girls become pregnant at least once by age 20 and fully half of all pregnancies in the United States are reported by women themselves as unplanned. Not too good.

By posting some intemperate thoughts about sex, love, relationships, pregnancy, childbearing, the media, public policy, our dogs, and other topics, we hope to spark a two-way discussion about how best to bring down the high rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy in this country. And who knows…from time to time, we might even offer up a few cogent thoughts that will be helpful.

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20-Somethings, Contraception, Education, Media, Parents, Popular Culture, Stay Teen, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
April 23, 2015

Sex EducationImage from RH Reality Check.

This weekend, as I was catching up on the news, I came across a Huffington Post article titled, “A Woman Live-Tweeted Her Teen’s Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Class.”  Although it is worthwhile to teach teens about all methods of preventing pregnancy, including abstinence, the outlined contents of the class, as recounted by Dr. Alice Dreger, a professor at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, made clear to me that not all sex education is created equal.

Fortunately, here at the Campaign, we have found a few solutions to this issue. First, school-based sex education is just one way of teaching teens and young adults about sex and contraception. There are many other avenues for reaching teens where they most often can be found; that is, in the digital world. Curated websites, such as the Campaign’s newly redesigned teen site, StayTeen.org, are a much better way of communicating with and educating your target audience directly, as websites remove the gatekeepers to knowledge provision and deliver accurate and complete information regarding a variety of contraceptive methods.

Second, although dismissed by some, TV shows that address sex, pregnancy, and contraception are another valuable way of educating teens and young adults. For the naysayers who might have a hard time believing television can be a good influence, MTV’s Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant have been found by researchers to have a significant effect on reducing the number of teen births.

These are only two of the many innovative solutions that we, our partners, and other organizations in the teen and unplanned pregnancy sector have undertaken. So, do not despair—in the 21st century, sex education takes on many forms.

Authored by: Daniela Kucz

Daniela Kucz is the Development Analyst at The National Campaign. Daniela oversees individual giving and supports the Campaign’s fundraising activities. Daniela also serves as the Special Assistant to the CEO and coordinates Board of Directors events as the Corporate Secretary.

Prior to her work at the Campaign, Daniela honed her donor relations and fundraising experience as a Development Fellow at the Women’s Campaign Fund and a Special Projects Assistant at Move This World.

Daniela received her Bachelor’s degree in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Biology from Swarthmore College. Having lived in seven countries across the world, Daniela now resides in Washington, DC.

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Carlos Pinto is the Media and Project Manager for The National Campaign’s Latino Initiative. Carlos possesses over decade of experience specializing in collaborating with Latino media, gatekeepers, and community-based organizations. At the Campaign, he is responsible for creating and developing culturally adapted teen pregnancy prevention messages and collaborating with Latino-targeted media and entertainment networks to ensure these messages reach the Latino community.

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