I love Secret Life of the American Teenager. Not only does it cover the teens and what they are going through these days it also covers the adults and issues that arise with them.
I have a teenage daughter and she was given a crash course in Real Life. A friend of hers at school became pregnant this year and is now having a baby. However, her parents are treating it as a good thing and they are happy and excited about it. She was only 12 years old when she got pregnant and going to be 13 when she has the baby. The father is a 16 year juvenile delinquent that has since moved in with her and her parents. He is even abusive to the girl.
I can thankfully say that not limiting and keeping shows like this from my daughter opened up her eyes to what can and will go wrong. She knows the right thing to do and refuses to even think about having sex because she does not want a kid at her age.
She also knows that she can talk to me at any point in time without harsh treatment or me throwing a tantrum. That is the key to kids coming to parents anyway. Parents have to be approachable in those situations. If kids are scared to talk to their parents they are going to end up making bad decisions more often that not.
Yay for shows like Secret Life!