Kids get 'dangerous messages' about sex from TV

August 31, 2010 2:42:49 PM PDT
The American Academy of Pediatrics wants the media, parents and doctors to get involved with what it calls dangerous messages American teens and children are getting about sex from TV, the internet and other outlets.

It says 70 percent of teen shows contain sexual content with no mention of contracting an STD or the need to wait to have sex until later.

Among the recommendations for doctors and parents, monitor the amount of screen time. Also parents should use media storylines as teaching tools to discuss sex with their children. And advertisers should be more responsible when it comes to placing certain ads during shows aimed at adolescents.