You've heard of pregnancy testing, but what about pregnancy texting? DoSomething.org has a genius campaign called Pregnancy Text designed to get young people to see what it would be like to be a parent when they're still basically kids themselves.
The rates of teen pregnancy have gone down in recent years, but it's still a big issue facing too many kids. Babies are blessings, but sometimes circumstances make adding a new member of the human race to the planet particularly challenging.
A lot of times teen moms end up being teen moms because sex is just something they didn't think about. You know how teenage hormones are ... and unless the consequences of having unprotected sex is something that they've consciously contemplated before, it's often times too easy to just go with it in the moment.
We want young people to think about how their current lives would be affected if they were to be a young parent.
That's why we'll be impregnating young people's phones, giving them a 12-hour experience of what it's like to have a baby. Think a 2014 take on carrying around your baby egg in high school. Through the cell phone, the baby can be more animated with hilarious messaging.
I love this idea! Of course a few texts on your phone isn't the same as actually caring for an infant, but that's not the point. With texts from your virtual baby along the lines of, "I know you're running late bu-GRRGLE-BARFFFF. Oops, sorry about your shirt. Rappers spit rhymes, I spit up," teens are made aware of the very real-life situations new moms are put in every day.
Life changes forever when you have a baby, and it's really, really hard when that happens before you've grown up yourself. This is a great way to get teens talking about this stuff and facing the potential consequences of their choices.
You can go to Do Something's website to sign up your friends for Pregnancy Text, enter to win scholarships, and of course find out more information about staying safe. I especially like that they point out that the 100 percent effective method of birth control is abstinence, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't protect yourself if you do decide to have sex.
Do you think this is a good way to get teens thinking about safe sex?
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