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Teenage pregnancy prevalent in Iceland

Last night, the news program Spotlight reported on teenage sex in Iceland. According to an interview with a social counselor, on average eight Icelandic girls between the ages of 15 – 19 get pregnant each week, four of whom choose to have an abortion. The social counselor also said that the largest user group of porn sites are teenagers from 12 – 17 years of age. Citing British research, she said that 60% of all teenagers from 12 – 18 have visited a porn site, while only 12% of parents believe that their child has done so.

Currently, an educational program is underway in a number of junior high schools in Reykjavík that gives parents and teenagers the opportunity to get a view into the life of each others experiences to make it easier for them to discuss sex.

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