Jackson Jr. High students 'think it over'

In school we get dolls that are very life like to make us think twice. We take them home sometime in the school year and bring them
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

In school we get dolls that are very life like to make us think twice. We take them home sometime in the school year and bring them back a few days later.

Schools that use the Baby Think It Over program have had 50 percent fewer teen pregnancies.

I don't think it is fair that since the guys in the past abused the dolls, now the guys don't have to take them home but instead do paper work. Also, I think we should have more dolls so that more people can take the dolls home at a time. It might be a good idea to get a smaller baby that shakes that is from a parent on drugs to show that that can happen.

Heather Kilko

I think the Baby Think It Over is a good way to show teens what it is like to have a baby at this age because it acts like a real baby. When I took the baby home it was crying in the middle of the night and I was getting mad because I was tired. Then when I took it places with me, I was embarrassed to carry it around because people kept staring at me like I was crazy.

Cierra Lee

I think Baby Think It Over is a good idea in a way, but also a bad idea too. The babies really help kids understand that they aren't ready to care for a baby. It shows them that they aren't willing to get up at night for the baby and they won't be able to do the things they normally do like going to the mall.

I also think it is a bad idea because the baby doesn't show you that you can't afford to take care of a baby and change its diaper. Also, because when kids go out in public people get the wrong impression and think we are abusing babies. Another thing is that this year the boys might not have to have babies because in the past years they have destroyed the babies. If the boys can't take care of the babies, that means they need to do it.

Jessica E. Hess

The reason the baby cries is to give a sense of sleeplessness. You will have to give up some of your time to care for the baby. The program has made teens think twice before having sex. There had been a 50 percent reduction in pregnancy with schools that have the program.

To all the kids who think sex is fun and cool, it really opens their eyes to reality. The reality is that sex can have a life changing effect on you. The only bad thing is that our school is running out of the babies. Now only girls get to have a baby and the boys just write a report. I'm not happy because if the boys don't get one they won't get to feel the effect of having a child.

Lukas Hines

I am not looking forward to having my baby because sleep is something I like. I also am not looking forward to having the baby because I won't be able to do anything with my friends. Some of the girls at the school don't think it is fair that the boys don't have to get the babies. I think it is fair because boys damage the babies. We only have six babies left at our school now because of the boys last year damaging them. Besides, they still have to do a packet on how much it would cost to raise a baby as a teen.

Kelly Hixson

I'm not sure if they are effective. I haven't used one yet. But, from over-hearing others, they are. My sister had one for three days (the average number of days teens at our school are to have them) and she didn't like it, but it worked for her. So, in a way, they are effective. The doll showed her what it would be like if she had a baby in the eighth grade. One thing for sure -- she still remembers her time with the doll. Our whole house does!

Joy TaMar Moorer