I can remember way back to the dark ages when I was in high school, when we were called to the auditorium several times a year to watch Public Service Announcement type movies alerting us to the dangers of smoking (shriveled up gray lungs, patients hooked up to an iron lung), chewing tobacco (pictures of guys with no lips, no teeth, no tongues), or reckless driving (interviews of victims in wheelchairs and with missing limbs).
I have to say, all of this shock value worked on me. To this day, I've only smoked one cigarette in my life and I was so paranoid as I did it I vowed to never do it again. For years, I counted the number of seconds I was behind the vehicle in front of me, and always stop at stop signs. Maybe seeing these horrors on a 6 foot tall screen really sunk into my teenage brain.
It seems one of the more dangerous things tempting today's teens is talking and texting on cell phones while driving (btw, my spell check has obviously not been brought into this decade as the word "texting" keeps getting flagged). I came across the following PSA this week and I began to wonder if this type of video, seemingly similar to those I watched as a teen, would be effective with today's teens. It seems there is a debate as to the graphic nature of the 4 minute video that some parents and professionals feel is too graphic. My boys aren't driving yet, but time sure flies. So, I need your feedback today. Take a look, what do you think?
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