Teens Having Safer Sex, Fewer Babies

Record-low birth rate part of positive trends in kids' health
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 13, 2007 4:55 PM CDT
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(Newser) – High school students are having less sex than kids in the past, and more are using condoms. The teen birth rate is at an all-time low, and the proportion of teens completing high school is up. A new federal report looks at the condition of Americans under 18 and finds a number of bright spots—and areas that need work.

The percentage of kids covered by health insurance has fallen slightly, according to the wide-ranging report, which also evaluates the percentage of low-birthweight babies (up slightly), the number of preschoolers read to by a relative (up), and the number of kids with working parents (up). A consortium of government agencies produces the annual report. (Read more sex education stories.)