The New York City mayor’s office has drawn fire for a campaign against teenage pregnancy that features a series of posters the office says sends a “strong message” directly to teenagers about the “extremely negative, life-altering” consequences of having a baby too young.
Opponents, however, say that “hurting and shaming” is counterproductive, that changing behavior is more complicated than this, and that teenagers need to be heard and supported rather than shamed.
What do you think of the poster campaign? Will it work? What approach works best to motivate teenagers to change behaviors — whether around drugs and alcohol, work habits, relationships or anything else?