You have one new text. Congrats! It’s your … um, baby?
Yep, DoSomething.org is bringing back its Pregnancy Text campaign to raise awareness about teen pregnancy. The org tapped one of our favorite moms, Snooki, to promote the campaign, which aims to educate teens about the realities of being a teen parent.
Did you know that three in 10 American teen girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20? That means there will be almost 750,000 teen pregnancies each year, making the United States the country with the highest teen pregnancy rates in the western industrialized world. Because less than half of teen moms under 18 ever graduate from high school and fewer than 2% earn a college degree by age 30, DoSomething wants you to experience what it’s like to have a baby for a day.
Hear that? That’s your phone baby telling you it’s time for a diaper change. You can get your digital baby by texting BABY to 38383, and once your baby arrives, it’s nonstop parenting for 24 hours. You’ll learn very quickly that your baby doesn’t care much for your studies, work schedule, or social life. Sure, you won’t actually have to change your digital baby or clean up its many messes, but you’ll get a taste of what it would be like to have a baby of your own who needs you nearly every second of every day. If you’re down to take home a digital baby or send one to your friends, head over to DoSomething’s campaign site to learn more. Bonus: If you sign up 6 of your friends you’ll win a chance for a $3,000 scholarship!
Photo: One of texts you’ll receive from your “baby.” (DoSomething.org)
Want to know what Snooki thinks about the Pregnancy Text campaign? Watch the video below to find out why she thinks the campaign is so important and why you should totally send your guy friends a digital baby.
+ Watch “Snooki On Teen Pregnancy.”
If you are planning to have sex, make sure you’re prepared to protect yourself from STDs and pregnancy. Remember, protection is only effective if you use it each and every time you have sex. You can find out all the details at It’s Your (Sex) Life or by visiting the FAQ page. If you’re planning to wait to have sex, that’s cool too. You can find tips for waiting here.
Video edited by Samantha Kielmanowicz
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