Teenagers – Statistics and Quotes

• Nationally, more than half of teenagers are virgins until they are at least 17 years of age (The Alan Guttmacher Institute).

• Nationally, one-quarter of 15 year old females and less than 30% of 15 year old males have had sex. (National Bureau of Statistics)

• 1 in 12 persons age 12 to 15, compared to 1 in 357 age 65 or more are victims of violent crime. (National Bureau of Statistics)

• Approximately 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18. Every day, nearly 3,000 young people under the age of 18 become regular smokers. (Centre for Disease Prevention)

• More than 5 million children living today will die prematurely because of a decision they will make as adolescents—the decision to smoke cigarettes. (Centre for Disease Prevention)

• Among young people, those with poorer grades and lower self-images are most likely to begin using tobacco.

• More than half (56 percent) of youths age 12-17 reported that marijuana was easy to obtain in 2008. (National Household Survey on Drug Abuse)

• Each year, students spend $5.5 billion on alcohol, more than they spend on soft drinks, tea, milk, juice, coffee or books combined. (2008 Household Survey on Drug Abuse)

• In total, nearly seven in 10 (68%) of 16 to 18-year- olds stayed in full-time education in 2009. (Dept for Education)

• The total number of 16 to 18-year-olds in education or training last year rose by 39,000 to 1.65m. (Dept for Education)
• In 2006, 15% of all arrests for violent crime were made on people under the age of 18. (Dept of Justice) (This suggests 85% were committed by those older than 18 – a significantly larger number.)

• Right now, more than a third of high school students hold part-time jobs; and four out of five are employed at some time while attending high school. (suite101.com)

• Many parents believe part-time jobs increase a teen’s sense of responsibility and ease the transition to the adult workplace. (suite101.com)

• Young people have been telling us for years that they are stereotyped and misrepresented to the general public, and want us to speak up on their behalf to challenge this. In fact, many make a fantastic contribution to our society through volunteering and public service. (British Youth Council)

• 71% of teenagers thought their teachers believed in them (British Youth Council)

• “Teenagers have been unfairly criticised for irresponsible behaviour when it comes to sex and contraception.” Dr Phil Steer (BMJ)

• A typical teenager’s day: “Up at 6.30am, leave at 7.45am for school at 8.30am; out again at 4pm, extra curricular stuff till 5pm, home 5.45pm, three hours of homework, say, takes you to 8.45pm, by which time, if you’re to get the recommended nine and a half hours’ sleep, you should go to bed.” (The Guardian)

• “More than 60% of the stories about teen boys concerned crime – 90% of which showed them in a bad light. Eighty-five per cent of a sample of 1,000 boys thought the press portrayed them negatively.” (The Guardian)

• “96% are ambitious about their future careers, 94% are happy in their home and family lives, 93% are happy in their social lives and 91% are happy in their school or work lives” (The Guardian)

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