May 1 is the 12th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and according to its organizers, hundreds of thousands of teens around the country are expected to participate to support efforts to prevent teen pregnancy in their communities.
The good news is that the nation’s teen pregnancy rate has declined by 42 percent over the past two decades, and the teen birth rate has been cut nearly in half. What's more, all 50 states and all racial and ethnic groups have seen declines. But the not-so-good news is that almost 30 percent of girls will have an unplanned pregnancy before they are 20. And the U.S. still has the highest rate of teen pregnancies among comparable countries.
The national day is organized by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The group recently released a national survey noting that 70 percent of teens and 82 percent of adults wished there were more resources in their communities to prevent teen pregnancy. To participate in the event, teens are asked to complete an interactive online quiz that challenges them to think about what they might do "in the moment" through a series of interactive scenarios.
Now, I have to admit, my first reaction when I read about this program was that an online quiz is not going to keep kids from having sex.
But when I looked over the post-quiz evaluation survey that most teens complete after the quiz, I changed my tune. Here are some of the quiz evaluation results from 2012:
85 percent said the quiz made them think about what they might do in such situations;
61 percent said some of the situations in the quiz were things that they or their friends had faced;
63 percent said the quiz made the risks of sex and teen pregnancy seem more real to them;
58 percent said the quiz made them think about things they hadn’t thought about before;
58 percent said they’d learned something new from the quiz about the consequences of sex;
What do you think?