Today (May 6) is America's National Day to Prevent Teen pregnancy. Mind you, lest there be any confusion, no one is saying the problem is going to be solved in a day. So why have a day at all? Don't we have enough 'Hallmark days' on the calendar as it is?
It's trendy these days for bloggers and twitterers to greet every new commemoration with that very question in petulant chorus, but the fact is that when media coordinate to focus on an issue in unison it does make a strong, positive impact on public awareness and involvement.
This year, which marks the 8th annual commemoration of this day, the official Web site of the non-partisan National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy displays a letter from President Obama, who obviously considered the topic important enough to warrant his recognition. After acknowledging the risks and challenges presented by America's high rates of teen pregnancy and pledging his support for combined community efforts, President Obama had this to add:
We must also remember that, as parents, mentors and friends, we have a responsibility to be involved in the lives of our children and talk to them about teen pregnancy.
How do parents talk to their children about this important issue? Bill Albert of the National Campaign offers some practical tips in "Teens, Parents and Teen Parents." More information can also be found at the National Campaign's sister site, Stayteen.org.
|Teens, Parents, and Teen Parents|
|An interview with Bill Albert of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy|
|What's the big deal about teen pregnancy? Who does it hurt?|
|Teen Pregnancy: The Tangled Web|
|O, what a tangled web we weave, when too soon we practice to conceive! (Apologies to Sir Walter Scott.)|