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Teen Birth Rate Has Hit A Record Low

Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:32 pm

"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer high school students are having sex these days, and more are using condoms. The teen birth rate has hit a record low."

"More young people are finishing high school, too, and more little kids are being read to, according to the latest government snapshot on the well-being of the nation's children. It's good news on a number of key wellness indicators, experts said of the report being released Friday."

http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/07/13....sex.ap/index.html?iref=newssearch
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RE: Teen Birth Rate Has Hit A Record Low

Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:38 pm

Now if we can just curve the woosification of kids...

Good news though.
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RE: Teen Birth Rate Has Hit A Record Low

Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:49 pm

Quoting MaverickM11 (Thread starter):
Fewer high school students are having sex these days

I never could figure out how they actually figured if teens were having sex or not. Most teens seem to talk about sex a lot. I teach high school so I am around teens all day. When I was in school we all talked about sex. Even if we were not having sex we still told everyone we did. Before I ever did it for the first time I told people I did and so did lots of other people. I wonder how many people actually lie.

As far as teens having babies I still see it a lot. I deal with mostly Detroit kids and I see it all day every day. Some schools in my area even offer day care for student's kids free for up to two years. I will be teaching for a different district next year so I will see how it is there. This district has a completely different racial and economic make up than my previous employer so I will be interested to see how things are.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Thread starter):
More young people are finishing high school

In the city of Detroit less than 25% finish high school and the number keeps dropping. How that is measured is figured by how many begin 9th grade vs how many graduate. Some kids never make it to 12th grade.
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RE: Teen Birth Rate Has Hit A Record Low

Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:55 pm

Simple explanatation. Teens now spend a lot more time infront of a computer or a playstation or using mobile phones. Not enough hours in the day for the opposite sex
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RE: Teen Birth Rate Has Hit A Record Low

Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:02 pm

This is not the case at my school. We had over 15 teen pregnancies this year, probably our record.



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RE: Teen Birth Rate Has Hit A Record Low

Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:44 pm

Quoting RedTailDTW (Reply 4):
We had over 15 teen pregnancies this year

Sounds like where I worked.

In the high school I went to, In Suburban St. Louis, there were none that I knew of.

Quoting CupraIbiza (Reply 3):
Simple explanatation. Teens now spend a lot more time infront of a computer or a playstation or using mobile phones. Not enough hours in the day for the opposite sex

Couldn't agree more!

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 1):
Now if we can just curve the woosification of kids...

And adults....
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RE: Teen Birth Rate Has Hit A Record Low

Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:30 pm

I believe for many years, there has been a significant decline in teen women getting abortions as fewer are choosing that option due to social pressure. Teen women also have far more support in schools if they become pregnant to continue in school instead of dropping out and later going to college. Many of these women are keeping their children as well instead of giving up for adoption. More teen women may be seeing in their peers the problems becoming pregnant and having children and having less sex, delaying sex to later in their teens or using 'safe sex' or oral sex. More young women are now standing up for themselves and saying no to sex to demanding males.
Still the rates are a lot higher then we would like. We still need to have sound sexual responsibility programs (and not the 'abstance only' ones) and include lessons in dealing with pressure to have sex and how to discourage the opportunities for sex including alcohol and drug use. Parents must take seriously their responsibility as to where their teens are to keep them away from opportunities for sex like unsupervised parties or where alcohol or drugs may be, take there part as to sexual responsibility education especially where 'abstance only' programs are in place and to set a good example themselves.
 
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RE: Teen Birth Rate Has Hit A Record Low

Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:08 pm

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 6):
More teen women may be seeing in their peers the problems becoming pregnant and having children and having less sex, delaying sex to later in their teens or using 'safe sex' or oral sex. More young women are now standing up for themselves and saying no to sex to demanding males.
Still the rates are a lot higher then we would like. We still need to have sound sexual responsibility programs (and not the 'abstance only' ones) and include lessons in dealing with pressure to have sex and how to discourage the opportunities for sex including alcohol and drug use.

That's what most sane public health and sex educators have been saying for years. Unfortunately that message has fallen on death ears. Thankfully it seems that the kids have wised up and figured this out, somehow. Frankly that gives me hope... teenagers can be pretty bright if you let them.

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 6):
Parents must take seriously their responsibility as to where their teens are to keep them away from opportunities for sex like unsupervised parties or where alcohol or drugs may be, take there part as to sexual responsibility education especially where 'abstance only' programs are in place and to set a good example themselves.

no more key parties then?

Unfortunately sex is such a taboo subject in most families, that having a real and honest talk about sex and sexuality in the home isn't happening. The schools, by default, have had to pick up much of this discussion. And often the materials they are given are incomplete or simply wrong.
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RE: Teen Birth Rate Has Hit A Record Low

Wed Jul 18, 2007 1:59 am

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 7):
Unfortunately sex is such a taboo subject in most families, that having a real and honest talk about sex and sexuality in the home isn't happening. The schools, by default, have had to pick up much of this discussion

That is how it was in my house. My parents never talked to me about sex. They gave me a book about puberty when I was 13 and that was that.

They let the school handle the rest.
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RE: Teen Birth Rate Has Hit A Record Low

Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:23 am

Quoting MaverickM11 (Thread starter):
Fewer high school students are having sex these days

Unfortunate.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Thread starter):
more are using condoms

Good for them.
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RE: Teen Birth Rate Has Hit A Record Low

Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:08 am

The teen birth rate, the report said, was 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.


Record low huh? Just how far back do those records go? I would be interested in seeing what the teen birth rate was in 1900.  duck 
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RE: Teen Birth Rate Has Hit A Record Low

Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:10 am

Quoting MaverickM11 (Thread starter):
Teen Birth Rate Has Hit A Record Low

Maybe they're practicing more gay sex... now that it's become socially acceptable.  Big grin
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