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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.
Survey for teens Survey for parents

Coming tomorrow: Find out what you can do to help keep your kids safe.

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33 comments so far | Post a comment now
Kenny April 12, 2008, 1:24 PM

The parents need to take control of thier Kids and I don’t understand why any parent would even allow their kids to go to that. They really need Jesus Christ in their life.

person April 12, 2008, 1:28 PM

um, for all you concerned mothers out there, this isn’t something that just happens at spring break. this kind of stuff happens at the mall, school bathrooms, friend’s houses, department stores, you name it. don’t consider it sucha big shock if you see your kid doing this.

Nobody April 12, 2008, 1:28 PM

Some teens need to be slaped. I’m glad I’m not one of those teens.

John  April 13, 2008, 5:12 PM

“teens just don’t have the chemical ability to think consequentially”?

Give me a break! When I was a teenager, I certainly had the ability to be rational and think consequentially. For the article to say that teenagers don’t have the physical ability because of a “chemical” reason is just beyond ridiculous.

This article is just more scaremongering for fretting parents, showcasing the few bad kids in order to indict the whole.

Gabby April 15, 2008, 9:11 PM

Yes, this is sad, but you know what? Not every teen is like that. There are a lot more in the world who know that such actions bring consequences, and refuse to take part in anything like that. There isn’t much you can do about it if your child wants to do this stuff. It’s their life, their decision. All a parent is there for is showing them what’s right and wrong and letting them make decisions for themselves, no matter how hard it is to watch. If you’ve brought your kid up right, you have nothing to worry about.

nycman April 22, 2008, 9:31 AM

I was down in Fla (south beach area) for a conf during spring break. Had a 19 yo offer herself for cash - she needed beer money.

A Father  June 6, 2008, 8:50 PM

I am the Father of 5 girls , rest assured none of my daughters ever went on spring break , which probably saved me some jail time .

asshats July 5, 2008, 9:11 PM

sweet scary music, asshats

Jason Goldtrap December 16, 2008, 8:18 AM

Jasmine, 18, those breasts are not to please men they are to feed babies. You’ve probably never heard that or even been allowed to hear that but it’s the truth. Embrace that truth for a fulfilling life. Avoid that truth and become another thing.

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Anonymous February 13, 2010, 12:51 PM

There is nothing biological about making a choice, its simply about making the right choice !!!

Nathan - 18

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