Friday, February 29, 2008

Teenage conceptions

From today's Times newspaper:

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Juno - film on the teenage pregnancy

This looks interesting - another film on the teenage pregnancy front. You can find the IMDB page here.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Echo Park

I watched Echo Park last night. Not the greatest of movies, but one that demonstrates the judgementalism that so often alive in our churches. The film is basically about a 14 year old girl who gets pregnant while still being technically a virgin. She conceives as a result of "fooling around". For this reason, you might want to use this film to highlight that you don't have to have sex proper to get pregnant. There's are a few scenes that you could use to demonstrate this point. All of this results in her father disowning her. He is the local priest and it brings shame on the family etc. She is taken in by an Uncle who, unlike her father, accepts her for who she is. The Uncle has also taken in another disgraced member of the family who is gay....makes you wonder who was the most "Christ like"...the priest or the uncle?

Perhaps this could be used with my teenage pregnancy talk.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Sex infections continue to rise

Here are some stats from this article published on the BBC website yesterday:
"Young adults are disproportionately affected by STIs, accounting for 65% of all chlamydia, 55% of all genital warts and 48% of gonorrhoea diagnoses in genitourinary medicine clinics across the UK in 2006, the HPA found"

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

I prodounce you Chuck and Larry - film clip ideas

I'm in Singapore and I've just got back from a late night viewing of Adam Sandlers latest offering....I prodounce you Chuck and Larry. While the film was much like any other Sandler film (which I like!) it does have plenty of material for exploring issues such as acceptance / rejection / homosexuality / friendship. The film is about 2 best friends who are fire fighters (Charles and Lawrence) who decide to go for a marriage of convenience so that Lawrence can pass on his pension if he dies. They initially think it will be something that they can keep quiet, but it turns out quite differently. This them results in a series of events where they have to keep up this charade. As that plot is rolled out, they are exposed to prejudice as their once colleagues turn against them - there is a good scene where the Charles and Lawrence are pulled into the office my their boss because the rest of the team have raised a petition to get them moved on. After this meeting, Lawrence confronts the rest of the crew and reminds them of the times where they saved them....injustice...prejudice. There is also a time where the team walk away from Charles when he turns up to play basket ball, this scene turns into something good when one of the guys finds acceptance through what Charles and Lawrence are experiencing.

There are also some examples of clich├ęd evangelical right types who wielding banners tell them that they are going to burn for what they are....a good discussion in it's own right especially when read in the context of "love your neighbour", "Do not judge, and you will not be judged" ect etc. the end of the film the rest of the fire department change their view and stand with them in the court, in the full knowledge that they may end up in example of what it means to be a fact you could say this film is an example of what it means to be a stand by your word...even when it costs you something

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Leaflets for display stand....

I noticed this request on the message board for leaflets / booklets to put on an information stand - here are my thoughts...
They did one called Help - sometimes life hurts but it's no longer listed.

There are lots of other leaflets I've come across, and they mostly seem to concentrate on drugs or sex. I'd like to see someone working on some other issues that seem to be overlooked (at least from a Christian point of view):
If anybody knows of anything like that, let me know!

Before you set out a load of leaflets for your young people to browse, consider editing what information you should display and when. Some parents might object if you gave them access to certain leaflets - something you need to consider.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sexual health map of Britain

Also see this article: the sexual health map of Britain


Tuesday, March 13, 2007


I just had an email from someone asking about resources about sex ed etc. Here are a few interesting places to look:


Thursday, January 25, 2007

Teen Pregnancy

I've just noticed that have just published Teen Pregnancy and Lone Parents.
If it's like their other publications it will be full of useful facts / statistics etc.


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Girl gives birth while at school

Here's a story that could be used with the teenage pregnacy talk

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Teenage risky behaviour, including the latest figures on sexual activity

Some more quotes from and be found here:

See for the references

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

But I'm a Cheerleader - talk idea

We watched But I'm a Cheerleader last night - great satire on the subject of homosexuality.  I think this would make a better clip for the homosexuality talk I did here.   You'd probably just show the first bit the film where the send her off to rehab and she had to admit she's a "homosexual".

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Monday, August 14, 2006

BBC: Third 'have sex below legal age'

From the BBC website: Nearly a third of 16 to 24-year-olds lost their virginity below the age of consent, a survey has found.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Births out of wedlock 'pass 40%'

The proportion of children born outside marriage in the UK has leapt from 12% in 1980 to 42% in 2004, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Monday, February 13, 2006

Virtual Sexuality

I've just got around to uploading my old talk on Sex and relationships. It's based around the film Virtual Sexuality with some "myths" that were raised in an article in youthwork magazine some years ago.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Teenage pregnancy talk

I've just uploaded the first draft of my teenage pregnancy discussion. You can find it here.

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Monday, October 31, 2005

I can't belive it's happened to me...

The briefing from child line's an 8 page document outlining the issues / dilemma's that mostly teenage girls called about. There are some incidental stats about who called them and their situation. From an education point of view, it seems to advocate a peer-lead sex education program. The briefing also highlights a number of the issues that young people fear the most / shy away from when it comes to this issue.  It could be useful in knowing what issues to raise when we lead our session on this topic:
I beginning to wonder if we should spend two sessions on this...
Indecently, I found this on peer lead sex ed


Sunday, October 30, 2005

Some stats on our region

Some stats about our area from Scarborough Borough Council "All together better"
Here's some more...a report entitle "our region our health"

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Infidelity talk version 2 - With Along Came Polly

I've found a better clip to go with the Infidelity talk I did a couple of weeks ago...The first 10 minutes from Along Came Polly. It's funnier and also better suited for the younger audience...Check it out here.

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Coach Carter...

I watched Coach Carter the other enjoyable 'feel good' movie about a school basket ball team. Basically, the school is looking for a new basket ball coach. Ken Carter comes along and sort out the team, gets them working together and they start winning know the story...

Here are some possible ideas for discussion:

Determination / working as a team
32 - 40 mins. In this scene, one of the team who quit because he couldn't hack it returns to see if he can play. Carter says he can if he can complete 10000 suicides and 25000 press ups before the end of the impossible task. However, he goes for it... On the Friday is has all but completed the work, but he is exhausted. He is told that he has failed...the rest of the team spontaneously offer to do the remainder for him.

Making tough decisions...
About two thirds through the film, Carter discovers that some of the team are failing academically...he decides to shut the gym and tells them that there will be no play until they get their grade average up...he gets loads of agro from parents / head teacher / community, but he sticks to his guns.

Teenage pregnancy
There are some references to teenage pregnancy in the film, but not really suitable for discussion....not 'exciting' enough, however, for reference the scenes of interest are at

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

More Teen pregnancy movies

Still not received the book on Teen pregnancy from Child Line...shame...anyway, here are some other movie ideas:
I think I'm going to try and get hold of Riding in Cars with Boys and Saved!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

A bit more on Teen pregnancy

Here's an update on the research...

Fifteen and Pregnant
The Cider House Rules - has some interesting questions, for example:
  • How do I know if I'm in love? Will sex bring me closer to my girlfriend/boyfriend?
  • How will I know when I'm ready to have sex? Should I wait until marriage?
  • Will having sex make me popular? Will it make me more grown-up and open up more adult activities to me?
  • How do I tell my boyfriend that I don't want to have sex without losing him or hurting his feelings?
  • How do I manage pressure from my girlfriend to have sex?
  • How does contraception work? Are some methods better than others? Are they safe?
  • Can you get pregnant the first time?
  • Finding yourself in a sexually charged situation is not unusual; you need to think about how you'll handle it in advance. Have a plan. Will you say "no"? Will you use contraception? How will you negotiate all this?
Other Websites

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Teenage pregnancy...heaven and hell...body image...

Teenage pregnancy
Heaven and Hell talk
Body image
  • The site gives a few prices on what various cosmetic surgery costs

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Research update

Teenage Pregnancy
Self harm

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Sunday, September 04, 2005


Watched Spanglish last night, there was much more to it than I was expecting. Here are some ideas on how you could use this film:

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