While perusing some of my favorite gossip sites (don’t judge!) online, I came across this picture on StraightfromtheA.com:
There is so much to say about this picture, I don’t even know where to start. Being that I was a teen mom myself when I had my son at age 18, I am very sensitive to teens who become moms too soon. I am not one of those who isn’t realistic enough to know that teens have sex, point blank period, and many times, the sex is unprotected. When one teen girl gets pregnant, it is cause for alarm, but when a group become pregnant at once, it’s a HUGE problem. HUGE!
The girls in this picture look proud that they are all pregnant together—proud enough to take a group picture of their exposed bellies. And according to the website from which this came from, this was sent via Twitpic to all of their followers. First we have “Amber Cole” and a video of an underage girl participating in oral sex on video for the world to see—now we have this. Do kids these days have no shame? There is nothing “pretty” about this picture at all.
I would love to hug these girls and let them know that in a few months, their lives will change and they are in for a rude awakening. The stats show that teen pregnancy is on the decline, but with pictures like these floating around, as well as pregnancy pacts, social media is bringing a whole new dimension to this problem.
Are you saddened by this picture as much as I am? And before you are quick to judge, please keep in mind these are children—our children. How do we reach them?