Parents' Guide to

High School Moms

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gritty consequences of teen pregnancy + contraception info.

TV TLC Reality TV 2012
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Unlike shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, High School Moms focuses more on the gritty consequences young women face as a result of getting pregnant and becoming parents at such a young age instead of voyeuristic relationship drama. It also underscores the importance of getting an education, and how important it is to provide an academic but supportive place to study in order to keep pregnant students from dropping out of school and becoming trapped in a cycle of poverty and disempowerment.

Not surprisingly, it deals with a lot of mature themes, including contraception, drug use, and absentee fathers. But these topics are not gratuitous, and shed light on the harsh realities of everyday life for teenage mothers. It will give young viewers a lot to think about, and can be used as a way to begin conversations with teens about some of the life-long consequences of having sex.

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