With shows like Teen Mom being not only popular but downright captivating the whole secret part on the reality of teen pregnancy seems to be out. I try to explain this so often to my friends who have preteen and teen children, kids are having sex... and if you think they are not.. your in denial. I'm not saying that every teen in America has lost their virginity but I think that most parents would be downright shocked to know how many have and at what age they lost it. I'll even be the first to admit that I lost my virginity WAY too young and I'm really downright lucky that I didn't end up with an STD or a teen pregnancy as I was really horribly uninformed.
So though I'm usually not a super huge fan of TV shows that depict teenage sex I do have to admit I get a little taken in by Amy's story. Amy's battles with being a teen mom and trying to juggle motherhood, school, and work makes you really feel for her. Dating and boys are hard enough when your a teen, but trying to judge whats best for your son at that age seems downright daunting. I still struggle with whats best for my sons and my own relationships and I'm nearly double this girl's age. What worries me about this show is the fact that so much of the show has to deal with sex. Though I think parents and teens need to be very aware of the problems and statistics on teenage sex, I don't think that its the number one problem that teens face. Nor do I think it needs to be the absolute center of attention.
Secret Life of the American Teenager Volume Three includes 12 episodes. It's a fairly big set consisting of three dvds so you certainly get your money's worth. I would however insist that younger viewers be closely screened while watching this show. I think if anything this series is a little too attractive, meaning though they do show the turmoil that some of the issues these teens are facing cause everyone seems a little too attractive. Kind of like a Saved By The Bell meets an overly dramatized reality show. It's captivating for sure, but does it really get ugly enough? No... I honestly don't think it does.