Does 16 and Pregnant Send the Wrong Message?

In case you wanted to know what happened to the young mothers shown on MTV’s 16 & Pregnant, the network is creating a spinoff called Teen Mom.

The show will follow the lives of some of the six girls that were documented in 16 & Pregnant.

Teen Mom will cover the topic of relationships, family support, marriage, finances, adoption and most importantly, graduating from high school.

No date for when the series would premiere has been announced yet.

Now that these teenage girls had healthy babies, the real work begins.

For some of these mothers, they will have to juggle raising a child and finishing high school or working full-time jobs.

Earlier in the summer 16 & Pregnant was renewed for a second season thanks to 1.6 million viewers during the series premiere.

Those who didn’t see 16 & Pregnant, MTV is airing a marathon on Labor Day.

For parents with teenage daughters, does a show like 16 & Pregnant do more harm than good?

When do you reach the point where MTV is simply exploiting these young mothers instead of raising awareness about abstinence?

It would be naïve to think that teenagers aren’t going to have sex and sometimes the end result is pregnancy.

If I were a teenage girl watching 16 & Pregnant, the last thing I would want to do is juggle being a mother and school plus the relationship strain towards my parents and boyfriend that comes with it.

Let’s hope there aren’t young girls that are watching 16 & Pregnant and thinking that if I became pregnant I could be on MTV too.

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