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Parents' Guide to

Teen Mom

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Docu takes a hard, unglamorous look at teen motherhood.

TV MTV Reality TV 2009
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 16+

Showing the negative side to teen pregnancy

Despite what people may think about the show, I do not feel as though teen mom, glorifies, keen pregnancy, and in fact, is the exact opposite. Teen mom shows the hardships and ugly truth of what being a teen mom is like. From financial problems, drug abuse, abusive relationships, death, custody battles, and more teen. Mom shows exactly what it is like to be a teenager, Young and pregnant, while still in high school. well, I didn’t watch the show until I was 18, I feel girls who are still in high school 16+ would benefit from watching the show as every time I watch it just like birth control. Maci is my favorite Mom and I love watching her story, people need to understand that this show airs on MTV just like shows such as jersey shore and are not intended for younger audiences.
age 15+

Very bad example

This show is horrible and set a bad example for teens glorifying teen pregnancy is very sad. These girls looks like women instead of young teens with all the tattoos, makeup and all. We're being laugh at by other countries for thinking this show helps teenagers. U.S. is always promoting dumb shows that don't do anything to help prevent teen pregnancy but glorifying it as if there's something to be proud of its very shameful but I know the show will continue because it's all about the money not preventing teen pregnancy.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (30 ):

Unlike 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom offers an unglamorous and often uncomfortable look into the lives of teen parents in order to underscore what life can really be like when you have a child at such a young age. It also highlights some of the inner struggles the young women face -- from negotiating their role as a mother and a "typical" teenager to coping with the loneliness and isolation they feel when they can no longer socialize as they did before they got pregnant.

It isn't easy to watch these kids living with the consequences of the choices they made. It's even harder to watch them act like teenagers when they should be making more adult choices for themselves and their children. But it's this very discomfort that will hopefully act as a red flag for kids who are thinking (or not thinking carefully enough) about following in their footsteps. As the show has gained in popularity, the teen moms have received lots of attention in the tabloids -- both positive and negative (one mother was accused of domestic violence against her child's father).

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