90210 Influence on Adolescents
As a 13 year old who watches the show, I honestly think that 90210 doesn't have as negative influence as one might think. I speak from personal experience when I say that in school we hagan learning about sex, drugs, and alcohol in the 6th grade. So by the time you are 12/13, you've already been educated on these matters. But the thing is, parents tend to assume that shows like this send the message to their kid as that they SHOULD do drugs, or they SHOULD have unprotected sex, or they SHOULD drink when they're underage. Yet, really what this show is saying, or at least the message that I personally am getting from it, is it's showing the consequences of doing these things. For example, at the beginning of season 1, a character named Adrianna struggles with drug abuse. While some parents might think this send the wrong message, later in the season she overdoses on cocaine. She is very close to death and just barely makes it, and later on she goes to rehab. To me, this sent the message that doing drugs could result in losing your life and has many other consequences that most people would rather not deal with in their high school career. It sends the message that drugs are extremely dangerous. Another example is when that same character, Adrianna, gets pregnant while at the age of 16. The show emphasizes the physical, mental, and emotional struggles that she goes through when she discovers she's pregnant and throughout her entire pregnancy. This, to me, sends the message that pregnancy is a hard thing to deal with at such a young age, especially since it shows her having some trouble in school, as well as financially. I think this sends the message that teens should not have unprotected sex because it can result in an unwanted pregnancy, as well as much more physical, mental, and emotional stress on the pregnant teen. For these reasons and many more, I believe that the TV show 90210 sends a slightly more positive message than most parents anticipate.