wow — interesting stuff reported in this cnn.com article, summarizing findings on a new government survey of children and teenage wellness issues.
a few key findings:
Fewer high school students are having sex these days (In 2005, 47 percent of high school students reported having sexual intercourse, down from 54 percent in 1991.)
More teens are using condoms. (63 percent — about 9 million — used condoms. That’s up from 46 percent in 1991.)
The teen birth rate has hit a record low. (21 per 1,000 young women ages 15-17 in 2005 — an all-time low. It was down from 39 births per 1,000 teens in 1991.)
More young people are finishing high school
More youngsters are getting reading time. (Sixty percent of children ages 3-5 (and not in kindergarten) were read to daily by a family member in 2005, up from 53 percent in 1993.)
More young people are completing high school. (In 2005, 88 percent of young adults had finished high school — up from 84 percent in 1980.)