9INE Teen Pregnancy Discussion Guide and DVD
From the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and the Public Internet Channel, parents, educators, peer advocates and students can use this guide to explore the themes in 9INE and learn basic facts about teen pregnancy. You can use the PDF below or Discussions section on this site with your teens and especially teen fathers who represented in this video.
Each episode in 9INE takes place about a month or so after the previous one, so there are things that happen in the characters’ lives that the audience doesn’t get to see. In each new episode, developments and details are revealed allowing viewers to piece together what’s happened since the previous installment.
- Encourage your teens to discuss what’s happened off-camera. Thinking about how one set of circumstances can lead to another is helpful.
- Each episode’s discussion ideas include “SINCE LAST TIME” thought- starters—these are designed to prompt conversations about what’s trans- pired in the characters’ lives between episodes.
- There are a lot of discussion ideas about teen pregnancy for each episode of 9INE. It’s not necessary to go through every one. Some may even seem repetitive depending on how the conversation with the group goes. What’s important is to get young people thinking about, talking about, and personalizing what’s going on in the series. Even if the characters aren’t exactly like them or have somewhat different lives, discussing various angles to the story helps teens understand the universal nature of these teen pregnancy circumstances.
- Keep in mind that not all teens are comfortable discussing their own personal lives (especially in group settings, depending on the makeup of the group). The discussion ideas in this guide are not intended to get at the details of teens’ sexual experience. Rather, they are designed to prompt thoughtful examination of feelings, consequences, social norms, societal influences, family dynam- ics, knowledge, and other factors that influence teens’ lives. It is important to keep in mind that the lives portrayed in 9INE are fictional and may be different than your teens’ experience. Encourage your group to talk about what they see in the world around them regarding teen pregnancy, not the details of their intimate relationships.
- Whenever possible, ask your teens open-ended questions that require more than a yes/no answer. Getting teens to explore their thoughts and beliefs about the pregnancy topics in 9INE is the goal of this discussion guide.
DVD comes with:
- All 9 Episodes
- The Digits PSAs
- Real Teen Interviews
• There are nine episodes of 9INE on this DVD. Each one is no more than 10 minutes long so you may want to combine 2 or 3 into a single lesson. Each episode takes place in a different month, beginning with September.
• There are also 7 PSAs on the DVD that give a series of facts about teen pregnancy prevention and sexual health. Like the series itself, they can serve as good conversation-starters.
• This DVD also includes eight interviews with real teens—not actors—talking about their own experiences with teen pregnancy. Some of these may be disturbing or upsetting to some viewers.
• This booklet contains discussion ideas and questions for each episode of 9INE, as well as some basic facts about teen pregnancy. Also included is a one-sheet with a list of common myths and facts about teen pregnancy, as well as various online resources. This page can be easily photocopied and distributed.
- If you do show multiple episodes in a single class period/group session, it’s best to stop between episodes for a discussion. Even though the episodes themselves are brief, a lot happens in that short amount of time. In addition, there are a few weeks in the lives of the characters that pass off-camera between episodes which also advance the themes in the series. You may find that if you don’t talk about the show between episodes that it’s difficult to keep track of all the important points.
- Use the facts and discussion ideas provided to start conversations with your teens about what they’ve watched and how they feel about it—and how it relates to their own lives.
- Encourage teens to talk at home and with their friends about the show, and to think about how important it is to avoid getting pregnant until they are grown up and with a partner who is committed to them and to raising a family together.
- If you only have a few minutes to prepare: Read through the suggested discussion ideas for the episode(s) you’re about to watch with your teens.
- If you have 5-10 minutes to prepare: Read through the Teen Pregnancy Facts on page 6 of this booklet as well as the suggested discussion ideas for the episode(s) you intend to watch. Keep the discussion ideas in mind and add to them if you wish in order to have the most meaningful conversation possible with your group.
- If you have 15 or more minutes to prepare: Watch the episode/s (each one is no more than 10 minutes in length). Consider which parts might resonate most with your teens. Read through the Teen Pregnancy Facts in this booklet as well as the suggested discussion ideas. Make a note of any additional discussion topics that you might want to bring up with your teens.
- Remember and reiterate to your teens that not everyone has the same opinions about teen pregnancy and teen parenthood. It is crucial that the conversations about this topic and about 9INE are respectful of what everyone has to say. Listening to others’ viewpoints is an important part of the discussion.
- Feel free to make copies of the included Myth/Fact and Resource page for everyone in your group.
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