Colleague's E-mail is Invalid. Your message has been successfully sent to your colleague. Save my selection. E-mail: shawn. Highly sexual TV shows and intensely violent Web sites and video games may be affecting teenagers' behavior, according to three studies published in Pediatrics.
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Teen Aware: Sex, Media and You
Youth who are receiving abstinence education often have questions as to how to say "no" to sexual advances. This section contains lessons and activities to address this important skill area. Saying No Without Hurting Feelings This lesson is designed to help youth explore alternative ways of communicating messages to their peers. Participants develop, perform, and critique skits that illustrate how to communicate clearly without hurting the feelings of others. Learning Assertive Techniques Youth discuss how being assertive can assist in clear communication.
Media May Prompt Teen Sex
Teens who see and hear a lot about sex in the media may be more than twice as likely to have early sexual intercourse as those who are rarely exposed to sexual content. A new study shows that to year-olds exposed to the most sexual content in movies, music, magazines, and on television were 2. However, the link between sexual content in the media and teen sex was not as significant for black teenagers, whose sexual activity seemed to be more influenced by their parents' expectations and their friends' sexual behavior.
While all age groups potentially could be affected by sexual messages on television, adolescents may be particularly vulnerable for a number of reasons. First, teens may not be sufficiently cognitively developed to discern and critique messages from television 1. Second, these messages are bombarding teens at a stage when they are in the midst of developing their values and beliefs around gender roles, sexual behaviours and attitudes. Further, we know that teens spend a great deal of time watching television. The average teen spends 3 h to 4 h per day in front of the television, which in some cases is more time than that spent in the classroom 2 , 3.