The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 1997 · Page 58
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 58

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 4, 1997
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10TH ANNUAL TEEN REPORT Teens & Freedom survey results 1. Today's teens have: Too much freedom 16% Not enough freedom 47% The right amount of freedom 37% 2. Do you think adults today are trying to limit teens' freedoms too much? Yes 70% No 30% 2a. If yes, who Is most responsible for the restrictions? Parents 44% School officials 16% Law enforcement officials 26% Politicians 14% 3. Oo you now have the freedom to: (percentage saying yes) Listen to whatever music you want 87% Pick your own friends 92% Decide how to spend your money 81% 4. Some communities are Imposing curfews on teenagers at night to reduce crime. Is that: Fair 50% Unfair 50% 5. If you have children, will you be: Stricter than your own parents or guardian 4% Not as strict 44% About the same 52% 6. Do you think public school officials should have the right to tell students what to wear at school? Yes 21% No 79% 7. Which do you think should or should not be banned by school dress codes? Banned Not banned Hats 15% 85% Baggy clothes 19% 81% Short skirts 35% 65% Cutoff pants 20% 80% Exposed midriffs 42% 58% Earrings on boys 19% 81% Nose, lip, tongue or eye rings 44% 56% Clothes with gang symbols 75% 25% E VERVYEAR, USA WEEKEND publishes a survey for students in grades 6 through 12 on a topic of importance. This time we explored the topic of Teens & Freedom. A total of 218,350 teens took the survey, distributed in the magazine, online and in partnership with Channel One. Though non-scientific, the survey results are illuminating because they represent the opinions of so many teens from across the nation. Shown here are the complete results of our 1997 Teens & Freedom survey. "As long as they have a legitimate reason to search lockers, I feel It's OK. I think the school has the right to took through personal drugs, guns 8.1 think uniforms In public school are: A good idea 17% A bad idea 83% 9. If the national anthem is played before sporting events at your school, students should: Be required to stand 69% Have the right not to stand 31% 10. Should public schools be allowed to lead students In prayer? Yes 43% No 57% 11. Which of the following should school officials be allowed to enforce to protect students? (percentage wying yes) Restrict foul language in writing assignments 58% Censor what students write in the school newspaper 38% Ban books, newspapers and magazines considered offensive 31% Search a student's locker for drugs or weapons without permission 58% 12. Do you think your parents trust you: Enough 65% Not enough 35% 13. The respect you get from your parents or guardian should be: Earned . 46% Automatic, unless I abuse it 54% 14. Parents today should have the right to ... (percenUgi (eying yet) Install a V-chip in the TV to block violent or offensive shows 35% Install a special device in the car allowing them to monitor teens' driving speed 30% Install a computer program limiting what teens can access 36% 15. Should there be restrictions on teens' use of the Internet? Yes No 30% 70% 15a. If yes, which do you favor? (percentage saying yes) There should be limits on how much time teens can spend on the Internet 28% There should be limits on where teens can go on the Internet 87% 16. How well do you know the lyrics to the music you listen to? Very well 61% Somewhat well 34% Not very well 4% Not at all 1% 17. How well do your parents or guardian know the lyrics to the music you listen to? Very well 12% Somewhat well 27% Not very well 30% Not at all 31% 18. Does a warning label on a CD: Discourage you from buying it 14% Encourage you to buy it 7% Have no effect on you 79% 19. At what age do you think someone should be allowed to do each of the following: Average age Never Be at a mall without a parent 13 Drink alcohol 19 19% Smoke cigarettes 18 28% Be sexually active 18 9% (Only after marriage: 2%) Get a tattoo 17 17% Body-pierce, other than ears 16 20% Use hair dye 13 9% Attend a concert without an adult 15 Stay at home unsupervised at night 13 - 20. TV networks soon will have to air three hours a week of educational programs for kids. Do you think this: Is a smart idea 31% Is a dumb idea 25% Will have no effect 44% National respondents: 44% male, 56% female; 76% white, 10% Mack, 8% Hispanic, 6% other; 93% puMIc school, 7% private. 18 USA WEEKEND • May 2-4,1897

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