Teens gone mild

From an editorial Sunday in the Chicago Tribune:

For the parents and grandparents of adolescents, there is good news and bad news. The good news, unearthed in a survey conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is that today’s high school students are notably resistant to all sorts of hazardous and unwholesome activities, from sex to smoking.

The bad news? This report will make it a lot harder to gripe about kids being spoiled, out of control and generally not up to the impeccably high standards of conduct established by previous generations.

Bill Albert, spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, told The Associated Press, “I think you can call this the cautious generation.”

Just 41 percent of today’s high school kids have ever had sex – compared with 47 percent in 2013 and 54 percent in 1991.

In 1991, more than half of kids drank at least once a month; today, only one in three does.

It is bound to surprise those who take the coarsening of popular culture to be a malignant influence on young people.

It turns out the kids can distinguish the models presented in music and movies from what they need to do to succeed in real life.