Can teens be good parents? What happens to kids when parents go to war? Gangs: how do we stop the violence? Coming up on Your Voice, TVO's Web-TV series for parents

    TORONTO, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - While Canada's teen pregnancy rate has declined
over the years, pop culture, from movies to celebrities, has made teen
pregnancy increasingly high-profile. Is teen pregnancy more socially
acceptable? And can kids be good at raising kids? What skills and knowledge do
teens need to be good parents? How can we help them succeed as caregivers and
role models? Parents and viewers can get insight from the experts and interact
with them LIVE about this thought-provoking topic, Tuesday October 28, 2008,
at 9 pm on Your Voice, TVO's Web-TV series for parents available live ONLY at

    Host Cheryl Jackson will be joined by the following guests:

    -   Dr. Andrea O'Reilly, associate professor at York University's School
        of Women's Studies
    -   Bonnie Tytel, community education program coordinator at the
        June Callwood Centre for Women and Families in Toronto
    -   Toronto parent Suzy Zajkowski, 19, who has a two-year-old son and
        will be graduating from high school this year

    Parents can join the live discussion by sending their questions directly
to guests online at, or by phone at 1.888.891.1195. They can
also interact with other parents in the chatroom. (The discussion will be
repeated Sunday November 2 at 6 pm on TVO.)
    Teen pregnancy is one of many hard-hitting subjects Your Voice will
tackle in the weeks ahead. Also coming up: a Remembrance Day edition taped at
CFB Petawawa that explores military family life from the eyes of kids,
parents, teachers and psychologists; and a look at gang violence: will tougher
legislation curb it, or must parents and community members reach out to
at-risk kids when they're young?

    Details for the complete November lineup follow:

    Tuesday November 4 live at 9 pm ET at
    (repeated Sunday November 9 at 6 pm ET on TVO)
    Headlines claim gun violence has changed the face of Ontario cities. As
    innocent bystanders are caught in the fray, some are demanding harsher
    laws, more jail time and increased police presence to combat gang
    violence. Other experts point to investment in high-risk kids early in
    life to stop gang formation before it starts. Our guest experts will
    debate what the root causes of gang violence are, and what can be done
    about them. Guests TBA.

    Tuesday November 11 at 9 pm ET at
    (repeated Sunday November 16 at 6 pm ET on TVO)
    (xx) Remembrance Day Special - ON-SITE PROGRAM AT CFB PETAWAWA (xx)
    "What happens to kids when parents go to war?"
    The children of soldiers deployed in Afghanistan have to deal with
    separation and the fear of losing their parents to war. Your Voice goes
    on the road to Canadian Forces Base Petawawa to hear what it's like for
    the children and the spouses left behind. We'll talk with parents,
    children, psychologists and teachers about life from the inside of a
    military family when a parent goes to war. Guests include
    Charmaine Tedford, who lost her husband, Sgt. Darcy Tedford, in
    Afghanistan in October 2006. She talks about the pressures of single
    parenthood following her husband's deployment and how she and her
    daughters came to terms with his death.

    Tuesday November 18 live at 9 pm ET at
    (repeated Sunday November 23 at 6 pm ET on TVO)
    "Why do kids lie?"
    All kids lie at times, but how bad is the problem? Why do some kids lie
    more than others? What are the consequences? How can parents get their
    kids to tell the truth? We'll get insight from our expert panel. Guests

    Tuesday November 25 live at 9 pm ET at
    (repeated Sunday November 30 at 6 pm ET on TVO)
    "What's the role of dads today?"
    A round-table discussion about fatherhood with guests who discuss their
    experiences, perceptions and realities of being a dad. We'll discover
    what kind of fathers they are, what they thought fatherhood would be and
    how their own fathers influenced the dads they became. Guests include
    author, feature writer and broadcaster Ian Brown, who is the parent of a
    severely disabled son.

    Your Voice at is the only live, online interactive program
for parents who want to help their kids succeed in school and in life. It
combines the power of the Internet with the immediacy of live interaction to
provide expert advice in real time for parents and caregivers.

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600
ext. 2305,

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