Momvestigation: Hear from the teens who've had sex on school grounds, in their own words.
"There was this guy I was into, and we would have sex in his car at school. One time, he had football tryouts and I had track, and we hooked up right there on the field after everyone had left." -- Quinta, 15, San Mateo, Calif.
During our in-depth Momvestigation, we were shocked to learn that one in five kids has witnessed sex in school. While our survey found that only 4.5 percent engaged in any type of sexual activity on school grounds, the majority of kids are still affected by the actions of that small minority. They know about it, they talk about it and 20 percent witness sex at school with their very own eyes. But we were even more shocked when we began interviewing teens and tweens who fessed up to hooking up on school grounds.
Before we met them face-to-face, it was easy to make assumptions: They were the troubled teens, the rebels, kids from the wrong side of the tracks. Then we met them -- and those stereotypes went out the window. These were average, all-American kids. They could have easily been our own daughters or sons. But instead of talking about baseball scrimmages or "High School Musical," these teens described having sex in the classroom, in the auditorium, in the school parking lot. Today, you'll hear these raw, true-life confessions, along with expert advice on how to talk to your own kids about making smart choices. Listen to these kids who've had sex at school, then talk to your kids to make sure they don't.
We know that having "the talk" with your teen is never easy. Before now, many of us wouldn't even think of talking to kids about having sex in school. Download this printable discussion guide to get the ball rolling.
This exclusive "Sex in Schools" Momvestigation has been an eyeopening wake-up call for moms across America. Will you heed it?
How our study was conducted:
Teen Sexual Encounter Study
This study was conducted for momlogic.com via telephone by ICR, an independent research company. Interviews were conducted from November 8-13, 2007, among a nationally representative sample of 509 teen respondents aged 12 to 17. More information about ICR can be obtained by visiting www.icrsurvey.com.
Each TeenEXCEL is weighted to provide nationally representative and projectable estimates of the population aged 12 to 17 years old. The first step is to assign a pre-weight to each respondent, which is determined by dividing the number of incoming telephone numbers in the household into the number of teens in the household. For most respondents, this weight will remain at 1.0. The second step is a simple ratio estimate: The 500 interviews are sorted into 16 cells and projected to the census population of the cell. These sixteen cells are from the four census regions, by the two sexes, by the two age groups (i.e., 12 to 14 and 15 to 17).
TeenEXCEL consists of 500 interviews each month among a nationally representative sample of teenagers, aged 12 to 17. The sample is divided evenly among males and females aged 12 to 14 and 15 to 17. A sample balancing program is utilized to ensure that, when tabulated, the sample is reflective of the national teenage population.