Kids are heading back to school, and hopefully you have already taken them to visit their Evansville dentist Dr. Max Lingo for their checkup to make sure they start the school year right.
U.S. News and World Report looked at some trends for back to school, and here are some of their findings:
Kids don’t get enough sleep
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two out of three high school students sleep less than the recommended eight hours a day. And children who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to use drugs, alcohol or tobacco, to get insufficient exercise and to be overweight, depressed and perform poorly in school.
Part of the problem is that most schools start too early, earlier than the start time of 8:30 a.m. or recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. They also have a lot of homework, often more that the recommended guideline of 70 minutes a night, and stay up too late completing it.
Teens are taking fewer risks
Indicators show a decrease in “negative outcomes” such as teen pregnancy. Teens are waiting longer to have sex and are more likely to use birth control when they do.
Children are most likely vaccinated
Fewer than 1 percent of children don’t receive the recommended vaccines before they go to school, despite some recent backlash against some types of vaccinations.
ADHD is diagnosed more
The number of children ages 5 to 17 diagnosed with ADHD has been increasing for the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
College offers more benefits, especially in STEM fields
The financial benefits of a college degree are higher than ever, and Millennials are on track to be the most educated generation in history, according to the Pew Research Center.
Diversity is increasing
Today’s kids are more diverse than ever. The Department of Education predicted that minorities would outnumber white students in public schools starting in 2014.
Children are more likely than older Americans to be non-white, with 50 percent of Americans under 5 were belonging to minority groups in 2013 while just 17 percent of Americans ages 85 and older were.