Shocking New Ads Show Potential Teen Moms Just How Much They Will Ruin Their Kids' Lives -- Genius!?

Teen Pregnancy AdMoms and Dads, you've talked to your teenager about sex, right? What have you said? Have you used the same old lines about how teen pregnancy will screw up their lives? Hey, at least you're talking about it. That's more than some parents are doing. But maybe there's a better way.

There's a series of new ads out in the subways of New York City now, all aimed at scaring teenagers out of becoming the next Jenelle Evanses and Amber Portwoods of the world. But it's not the message of NYC's Human Resources Administration's new campaign that parents need to hear; it's who is getting in their kids' faces.

NYC is using babies to scare teens out of getting pregnant. More specifically, they're having babies tell their side of the teen pregnancy.

Confused? Take the ad featuring an adorable cherub with ringlets on his head and tears streaming down his face. The little guy tells his future mama, "I'm twice as likely not to graduate from high school because you had me as a teen."

Ouch. Way harsh, kid!

And yet the ad is true ... and possibly, hopefully effective?

They already hear from us that having a kid could screw up their own lives, make it harder to go to college, get a real job, etc.

When is the last time we told them what will happen to that kid? How their decision stands to screw up someone else's life?

Teenagers tend to think about kids in the abstract. They're more like dolls than human beings. If they do think of parenting at all, they expect that they'll be wonderful parents to this perfect little pumpkin who will love them unconditionally. How many times have we seen one of the teenage girls on 16 & Pregnant talk about how their future baby is going to be their best friend?

When you have a headstrong teenager who believes they can do no wrong in their own lives, you can only get so far talking about what will happen to them. Start talking about someone else's life, however, and you might be able to catch them. No one wants to be the person who screwed up a child's life, do they?

Check out the various ads from the agency below and see if you think they'd work.

Have you talked to your child about this aspect of teen parenting? Do you think it would be effective?


Image via NYC Human Resources Administration

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nonmember avatar blh

I think this could be effective. I can't wait til all the people who had babies as teens start commenting like " fuck you I'm a good mom age is just a number" haha.

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nonmember avatar Michelle

Genius! Another is, I shouldn't have to be raised by my grandparents.

Albond86 Albond86

The truth hurts sometimes! I don't think that these ads are not accurate! Of course not every teen mom becomes part of the bad statistics, but the overwhelming reality is becoming a teen parent is not glamorous, it's hard, and children of teen parents don't have things exactly easy!

lulou lulou

I think they should also robo-call them at all hours of the night and early morning, hit teens where it hurts, their sleeping,and also give them a reminder of what daily/nightly life can be like with a baby.

lulou lulou

And the sound of the ringer should be a baby wailing.

nonmember avatar Krystal

blh you sound dumb, those are trashy ghetto people that would say that. These ads are great. I was a teen mom and have lived all of those posters in real life. But I didnt let me or my kids become a statistic, I finished school and finished college and now have a wonderful career and my kids are well behaved and do well in school. Not all teens moms will end up like this so stop bashing, these ads should also be aimed at these loser adults that still act like teens.

nonmember avatar blh

Lol krystal exactly. For the most part it is trashy ghetto people that have children that young. That's not always the case of course, but generally.

Vegeta Vegeta

I don't think these would have much effect. The teens the ads are targeting probably don't think very far/hard into the future and certainly do not give a flying crap about anyone but themselves. The teens that do probably won't end up pregnant anyway, no ads needed. (although I know mistakes happen).

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

Its the truth. I think it could be effective.

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