Teen-Run Television Program Addresses Teen Sex

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2009, 49% of teens had sex, 39% didn’t use a condom, and 400,000 girls ages 15-19 gave birth.

It was also in 2009 that Student News first went on the air, delivering news that affects, is about and is of interest to teens.

Broadcasting once a month to local access stations, the teen-run program has addressed everything from domestic violence to drug use.

Sick of statistics, the group is now focusing its latest episode on teen sex.

The instead of looking at the numbers, the Student News team will address emotions, attitudes and sigmas associated with teen sex — the parts they say are seldom addressed.

“There are all these different pressures to have it, to not have it, from their church, from their parents from the schools and from their peers,” said Student News member, Jessie Chasen-Taber.

They’re not only interviewing their peers, but local teen experts too.  Their goal, to not only educate teens, but help them make more informed decisions.

You can catch the Student News teen sex episode Monday, November 21st on six local community access channels including Amherst, Northampton and Belchertown.

For more information, log onto www.riverwolfproductions.org/studentnews.