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Graphic video aims to stem teen pregnancies

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by ConcordCowboy, May 20, 2009.

  1. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Graphic video aims to stem teen pregnancies

    British health officials produced Web ad to educate kids

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    LONDON - A gory video meant to shock teenagers into avoiding pregnancy by showing a girl giving birth on a school field while ogling children taunt her is capturing plenty of attention from Web users.

    Public health officials in the city of Leicester, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of London, produced the video and posted it on social networking and video-sharing sites such as YouTube and Facebook.

    Organizers said Wednesday that the video, filmed to look as if it were shot on another student's cell phone, had received more than 250,000 hits.

    The video shows a girl in a school uniform screaming in agony while jeering children jostle for a close look, while another girl trying to fend them off is helping deliver the baby.

    The video ends with the caption: "Not what you expected? Being a teenage parent might not be either."

    Public health officials in Leicester said local students were picked to act in the video and that a focus group of students offered suggestions on how to make it.

    Liz Rodrigo, a public health specialist in Leicester, said kids came up with the video's concept, saying they liked the idea of using digital media to reach their peers instead of leaflets and posters they disliked.

    She said they also prefer a shocking or funny approach instead of "preachy," a word often used to describe the current sex education methods.

    The video has drawn criticism as well as praise, but Rodrigo says that comes with the territory.

    "I think it is very hard hitting. Hairs on the back of my neck do stand up, but you know teenage pregnancy is a hard-hitting issue and we've got lots of teenage pregnancies in our city," she said.

    There are about 50 conceptions per 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 17 in Leicester City, eight more than the country's average, according to statistics provided by Leicester City public health officials.

    Overall, Britain's teen-pregnancy rates are among the highest in Europe and one recent report indicated that they are on the rise, specifically in England and Wales.

    The government and educators have been trying to address the problem by distributing condoms in some schools, creating a sex-education program for the youngest elementary-school students and instituting a pilot program to distribute birth-control pills without a prescription.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30845658/
  2. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye.

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    The video lacks only one thing: zombies.
  3. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Hey have you played Left 4 Dead?

    Great game.

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  4. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye.

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    I have not played any new video games in awhile.

    Is it available for DS?
  5. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    How about Atari 2600? My first and last system.

    God, I feel old sometimes.
  6. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    My teenage sister told me the best birth control she had were the single parent friends I have and all they have to do for their kids to be good parents.

    She babysits and then happily gives them back to their parents.
  7. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    Good for her. I sure you are a good influence on her as well.

    It is something that has been on my mind much more since the birth of my daughter. I have a feeling I am going to blessed\cursed with a beautiful young lady in a few years (her mom is hot!) : )

    My son is 13. It is a lot of work to keep them on the right path. So far my son is more interested in sports but I know that is going to change any second now. He has a had a little dip in his grade and his teachers say he is clowning around more especially in front of the girls.

    Got to love the teenage years. Thank God I will never have to relive them personally but the kids are going to be a challenge.
  8. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    No just PC and XBOX 360.

    Zombies GALORE!

    Fun. :D
  9. theebs

    theebs Believe!!!!

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    Amen to that.

    its a 24-7 all the time thing and if you are not ready for it or you do not have the patience for it then you should absolutely not be taking chances of it happening.

    I cant even imagine how tough single parents have it especially the ones who have had tragedies involving one of the parents then making them single parents.

    If they are doing it right, they are among the hardest working people in america.
  10. bbgun

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    I used to coach a girls' volleyball team. Emphasis on used to.

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  11. canters

    canters Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Tragic pic IMO. This represent 4 kids who will probably grow up already behind the proverbial 8 ball assuming that the facts match the overall gist of the picture: single teens getting pregnant. Sad.

    I bet most if not all 4 moms get or will need public assistance.
  12. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Where do you even get these pictures?
  13. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Family album...
  14. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    Personal photo album
  15. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    :laugh2:
  16. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Great minds think alike. ;)

    But he owes me a beer anyway.
  17. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    :laugh2:
  18. bbgun

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