TV Sexual Content = Teen Sexual Behavior?

The LA Times Reported today that the RAND Corporation did a study on teen sexual behavior, and apparently these are the findings:

“The teens who watched the most sexual content on TV (the 90th percentile) were twice as likely to have become pregnant or caused a pregnancy compared to the teens who watched the least amount of sexual content on TV (the 10th percentile).”

The full article here:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2008/11/sexual-content.html

Perhaps it is time to pay a bit more attention to what kids are watching and how it affects their behavior. Certain shows may seem harmless, but perhaps they are getting their social cues for what is “normal sexual behavior” from these shows. I encourage parents to engage their teens in discussion about sex and the possible pitfalls that they may not be ready for. The television shows certainly don’t seem interested in showing them, and its not their job to do so anyway.

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