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Pregnancy Prevention Via Text?

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By: Chantell Williams

Ever wonder what it’s like to own a giggling, spitting, peeing bundle of joy? Well now you can use your phone to find out.

DoSomething.Org has launched a campaign that uses text messages as a way to educate young people about what it’s like to be a parent. The way it works is that you enter your cell phone number or a friend’s, to the website. Then you receive periodic text messages representing a virtual baby. The “parents” will receive about 10 messages like this:

“Poopie Diaper. Change me!” or this: “Wahhhhhh!”

Many sexually-active teens do not fully understand the responsibility that comes along with pregnancy and child raising. The constant reminder of how much work comes with having a baby could encourage teens to wrap it before they tap it. And who doesn’t want that?

The problem is a phone could never simulate the real experience of having a baby. There is something about being responsible for an infant in the flesh that just doesn’t translate into a text message. Yeah, getting frequent baby messages could be annoying, but you could always delete those messages. You can't ever delete a baby.  

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

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