The teen brain is hard-wired for taking risks, and that is scary for parents. Early encounters with booze, drugs, and sex can cause trauma that haunts one deep into adulthood. We know from our own youthful experimentation about the dangers facing our children, or do we?
As the mother of a thirteen year-old girl, an article published in the New York Times Magazine on Sunday, February 5, 2012 buoyed me up from my usual state of fretting. Health writer Tara Parker-Pope reports that, looking at a number of key metrics, today's adolescents are actually far more conservative than their parents, most of whom were teenagers in the 1980s.
According to the data, teen alcohol use is at an all-time low. Today, about 40 percent of high school seniors say they have consumed alcohol recently, compared with 72 percent in 1980. Cigarette smoking is also down. About one in five teens say that they have smoked in the last month. In 1980, a third of teens smoked. Although there has been recentRead More »from Today’s Teens More Behaved Than Their Parents