America’s Teens in Trouble

Chad Varga AssemblyEvery month I write a blog and many of them concerning the desperate state of America’s youth and the need for our character education assembly programs in schools. The reason we continue to try and inform people of this need is because of what we are seeing in the youth of our nation’s public school systems. I often wonder if people realize what our children and grand children are being exposed to. I will try and give you a glimpse through my next two blogs.

Brian Graden, MTV’s president of programming said: “I can’t help but be worried that we are throwing so much at young adults so fast. And that there is no amount of preparation or education or even love that you could give a child to be ready.”

Today’s Teens Targeted and Exploited…

  • Advertising to teens is an estimated $150 billion a year industry.
  • Nearly 61% of all television programming contains violence, with children’s programming being the most violent.
  • MTV is watched by 73% of boys and 78% of girls ages 12 to 19, and it is profoundly influential in the lives of its young fans by glamorizing drug and alcohol use, sexual promiscuity and violent behavior.
  • MTV airs 9 sexual scenes per hour and more than 8 un-bleeped profanities per hour.
  • One in five children ages 10-17 that regularly use the Internet has received a sexual solicitation while online.
  • One in four children were unwillingly exposed to images of naked people or people having sex.
  • 90% of 8-16-year-olds have seen pornography online, most while doing homework.
  • 80% of 15-17-year-olds have had multiple hard-core pornographic exposures.

Today’s Teens and Sex…

  • 34 percent of young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20Ñabout 820,000 a year.
  • Approximately four million teens contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) each year.
  • 8,000 teenagers contract an STD every day.
  • An estimated half of all new HIV infections occur in people under age 25.

 A Huge Task…

As you can see, we have a huge task in front of us to partner with educators across America in our effort to instill principles, values, and ethics that will somehow cut through all the wrong messages being sent to our young people today. As we launch into another year of school assemblies, we need your help now more than ever to truly make a difference in this generation of students. Our schools are the fountainhead from which will come nearly every future business person, lawmaker, school teacher, and parent in America. As we invest in them today, we are building a better America for tomorrow-one school at a time!

 

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