All I want for Christmas is a Baby
Teenagers are more at risk of pregnancy over the Christmas holiday period than at any other time of year.
The risk of becoming pregnant increases over the festive period as parties and drinking makes young people more likely to have unprotected sex. This not only leads to a higher risk of pregnancy but also puts them at risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
This Christmas and New Year however, help is at hand – literally – as a new service will give teenagers instant access 24/7 to confidential help and advice via their mobile phones.
Teens already rely on their mobiles for social networking, downloading music and playing games. But now GoGetInfo, a new mobile phone service will give them instant access to confidential help and advice on topics such how to use a condom and where to get emergency contraception.
GoGetInfo’s advanced reporting system allows for detailed data analysis. In one week alone, 100% of teenagers accessing "Am I pregnant" were 15 and under, 70% accessing “How to use a Condom" were also 15 and under with a gender breakdown of 46% Male and 54% female. 50% of those accessing “How to use a Condom" did so in the evening and at weekends.
To access the pioneering mobile phone service, teenagers simply text the area they are concerned about to 60110. For example, by texting 'condom', STI, ‘contraception’ or ‘pregnant’, seconds later they will receive a link which will take them to a package of practical advice on the subject presented as text, video and images. Crucially, it is delivered in an age-appropriate format and has been produced in consultation with leading health experts (such as FPA and Brook), youth charities (including YouthNet) and the Department of Health. The downloads cost 50p each (plus standard data charges for videos).
I have to say that when I saw this statistic, I did find it quite shocking, I hadn't really thought of Christmas in that context. I think that this service is great and very accessible for young people. We have to recognise that young people have questions and concerns that they may be too frightened to ask adults, so a service like this means they can get trusted information exactly when they need it. I will certainly be letting my own daughter know that this service exists. Sarah Newton, Teenologist and Author of Teen Conversation Cards
For more info, call Louise Orpin on 07980 892993 or email email@example.com
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