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Spring Break Confessions Part 2: Risky Sex

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Find out what teens are really doing on spring break--and how to make sure your teen knows that what happens on spring break does *not* always stay on spring break.

Yesterday, you saw our alarming footage of spring break drinking and drug use. Unfortunately, teens on spring break are also engaging in risky sexual behavior, and in some cases even being attacked or raped.

Why are teens putting themselves in dangerous situations? Pediatrician and Mom•Logic contributor Dr. Cara Natterson says their brains are to blame.

Because their brains aren't fully developed yet, says Dr. Cara, "teens
just don't have the chemical ability to think consequentially." But you can still influence their decisions if you have ongoing, thoughtful conversations with them. For tips on what to say, download our discussion guide: HTML or PDF.

Did you or your child go on spring break this year? Take our Spring Break Survey.
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Coming tomorrow: Find out what you can do to help keep your kids safe.


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April April 8, 2008, 10:33 AM

This is even scarier than the one yesterday. My kids WILL NOT be going to spring break! No way! Not after seeing this. I just can’t believe this.

cmj April 8, 2008, 10:38 AM

these girls need guidance and good parenting!

mb April 8, 2008, 11:19 AM

This video is even more disturbing then yesterdays. Personal private sexual intercourse being viewed by thousands just completely floors me. My daughters WILL NEVER go to Spring break. Things sure have changed since I went to Daytona 20 some years ago.
This video is unbelievably sad!!!

mrslee April 9, 2008, 8:55 PM

this is not shocking to me at all, teens and adults practice unsafe sex every day this is not just something that takes place when they are vacationing during spring break. My question is why would the parent allow their underage or mentally underdeveloped child go on a vacation with their friends who are also unable to make wise decisions. Yes we all hope and pray that our children will be leaders and make smart decisions but not all of them will fall in line to with what we want and follow the advice we have given them. I have noticed that with some teens the opinions of their friends matters more than what their parents have to say. So we need to help them learn how to be discerning of the type of people they choose as friends.

Nancy April 9, 2008, 9:43 PM

My daughter was a senior the year that Natalee Halloway disappered. I was terrified that she was going to a party after the prom. I am happy to report that she was home safe and the other girls with her were too. They did witness the behavior of others that shocked them and they stayed clear of that crowd.

JasonGoldtrap April 9, 2008, 10:43 PM

That video is heartbreaking. Its a parade of people who have nothing to live for except their own pleasure. For Spring break these kids should go home and help out at their house or family business.

JasonGoldtrap April 9, 2008, 10:48 PM

Jasmine, your breasts are not there to get beeds they are there to feed babies. And being 18 and drunk is illegal. Unfortunately, most likely, no one will ever tell you that what you are doing is wrong. You can make better choices and live a happier life. Step One: Dump your friends. Step Two: Drop out of this depraved pop culture. Step Three: Move to a place in the South or out West where you can be closer to nature. Step Four: Find a small town where people know each other. Do this and when you are fifty you can look back in pride instead of shame.

Milhouse Van Houten April 10, 2008, 9:08 AM


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Devynn April 10, 2008, 12:22 PM

wow you ppl are rich! lol. why would a parent let an underage kid go on a vacation WITHOUT THEM or some other ADULT that THE PARENT’S REALLY TRUST?! i have NO sympathy for you or your kids if you let them do that. HOWEVER, at 18, they are adults and you can’t stop them. get used to it. if you actually PARENT them during their formative years, you have NOTHING to worry about when they leave at 18. the rest of you get NO sympathy from me. you had your chance and blew it. as for what breasts are used for: if they were just to feed babies, don’t you’d think they’d only show up when the babies do and leave after they are weaned? since they don’t do that, there is more to them than that. they ARE sexual objects and will be used as such. they also produce milk. they can do two things at once! woo hoo! kinda like a woman. who’d thunk it!

Revolution April 10, 2008, 1:10 PM

To the comment that these children need good guidance and parenting, it seems like some of these girls already have it

Like the girl who had the glasses on her head and the purple top on. Not only did her mother take her aside, but her mother also took side her boyfriend. Most parents would just stick to their child, but her mother went the extra mile and had a talk with both. Her daughter just happened to ignore her.

The problem is children do not want rules. They want to be seen as adults so their actions won’t have consequences. Sadly, they know little about being adults. They drink and have sex to prove how mature they are, or just to act out, when all they are doing is damaging themselves.

Chadiuos April 10, 2008, 1:39 PM

These kids need Jesus.

bella capelli April 10, 2008, 3:44 PM

I just have to mention that I am a teenager, and an adult has no right to say what is going on in our minds because they dont know. Thinking consequently is not a biological ability. Teens are perfectly capable of knowing just what they are getting into when they do drugs. They do it because they are whores, because they want sex, drugs, alcohol, and attention. They know perfectly well what they are doing, but they dont care. Where do you think they learn how to act like that? Their PARENTS! They are either imitating or rebelling against their parents in behaving this way. And its spring break now and guess what im doing? Im sitting at home like a good girl doing my reading assignment and watching aol news. Fun? not really. Safe? definitely. What would be fun for me? I dont know but it totally would not include going out and acting like a drugged harlot.

Xasia April 10, 2008, 4:10 PM

You know, I’m around the same age and I find it absolutely disturbing that this is happenning to other girls my age. Do these girls have any sense, integrity, or dignity?

And in the meanwhile, I wonder “Gee, where are the parents to watch so then all of these despicable acts never happen?”

KE April 10, 2008, 5:02 PM

“Unformed minds?” This is silly.

These young people have gone to a place where drinking is allowed and free-flowing; it’s no surprise that irresponsible sex follows. Thinking that you can get away with these things without consequences is stupid, but what’s even stupider is that any parent would allow their child to go on this trip—because it’s hard for me to imagine that someone who is financing their education alone would take out loans to go on vacation…

There’s a delicate balance to successful parenting in which children reject risky and attention-seeking behaviors. But parents who are most up in arms about the reckless behavior of teenagers—including those with haughty impressions of their own children’s purity—suffer just as much by this “rebellion.” A high and mighty attitude is not becoming in parents or children.

So before advising such radical changes as moving across the country (you’ve never heard of “nature” up in the North; and is this really going to save your child?) why not try a dose of humility, towards those who are as imperfect as you, and understanding, to build trust as you begin to understand the serious pressures your teen is encountering?

Show your child patience. If they happen to do anything as shameful as this, they should know they you still love them.

pimpishloc April 10, 2008, 8:22 PM

oh yea that awesome, all you mothers are shocked but you were all sluts and did the same thing. Its gonna happen you cant stop it. HAHAHAHA I cant wait for spring break next year!!!

whatevv April 10, 2008, 8:55 PM

I don’t get why its a big deal, all parents did crazy stuff like this when they were young, they’re just freaked out now ‘cause its their kids doing it. Whatever. If you’re over 18 you can do whatever you want, and who cares if you’re drunk at 18 as long as you’re not driving anywhere. It should be your decision as an adult.

not your problem anymore April 10, 2008, 9:24 PM

These “kids” are for the most part, 18 or over. As parents you cannot try to control your kids life or they are going to hate you forever. They’re 18, they’re adults, if you haven’t taught them to be responsible by now then sheltering them won’t do any good.

Maybe a better idea would be to prepare your teens for what they’ll face instead of preventing them from it. Example, teaching your children about using alcohol responsibly instead of just prevention. I’m going to tell you that if your kid drinks alcohol or not is mostly not in your hands. It depends on their personality and their friends. There is no way to stop your kid from drinking alcohol if they decide they want to. It is easy to get away with. I know kids with the most controlling parents who can do whatever they want.

The one thing I will concede is yes, the buddy system should be used. Guys need a friend to keep them out of jail/passed out in an alley. Girls should travel in groups. Around where I live, girls often will get 1-2 male friends to keep them safe from other guys if they are partying in an unfamiliar place.

And as to girls shaking their breasts for beads…..that’s just awesome.

help teenagers April 11, 2008, 1:41 AM

i think that teenagers are having this set in their minds that they want to have sex. the thing that they ont and wont and possibly refuse to undertand is that what they do now will ruin their futer. if they get caught by cops or anything then that can possibly go on their record adn when they go to interview with their job BAM there it is. they dont want that on their record if they wanta certain job. and this will scar them for life. and girls shaking their breast fo beads that is just wrong and is messed up in their minds

Annie April 12, 2008, 11:03 AM

This article makes it seem like ALL teenagers are behaving this way. That’s just silly. It is sad to see such young girls acting so recklessly, but you have to realize they are the same girls which were considered “easy” in high school. It’s not as if all of the girls which go on Spring Break turn into crazy sluts as soon as their feet touch the ground.

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