The rate of teen pregnancies in Canada has been decreasing, largely due to the fact that women are more involved in the work force than ever before, along with education about safe sexual practices.

Although the rate of teenage pregnancies has been decreasing, the rate of sexual activity among teens has been slowly on the rise, with 50% of 16-17 year old Canadian teenagers sexually active.

An alarming fact is that nearly 19 million new STI infections occur each year, with 50 percent of these new cases happening to young people between the ages of 15 and 24.

A new study has shown that 12- to 14-year-olds exposed to more sexual content in movies, music, magazines, and on television were 2.2 times more likely togossip_girl.jpg have had sexual intercourse when re-interviewed two years later then their peers who had a tamer taste in the media they chose. In the study, over 1,000 students in middle school were surveyed when they were 12 to 14 years old and again two years later when they were 14 to 16 years old. Each teen's sexual media exposure was measured by determining the frequency of exposure to sexual content in TV, movies, music and magazines.

As well, teen's access to contraceptive methods along with the beautification of teen pregnancy through the media, has given many teens the mindset that having sexual intercourse at an early age is fine and even normal, as long as they are using safe sexual practices.

The reality is, that having sexual intercourse just because you think it is normal to do so is not a legitimate reason. Many teens do not realize how hugely having sexual intercourse can impact their lives, both physically and mentally. And, with the media, especially television standing as an educator, many teenagers are influenced to undertake the rash and callous sexual decisions that many of their favorite characters or stars have made.

On this website, we will be studying several shows, movies and stars and their influence's on your teen's sexual decision making.