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Despite school violence, kids feel safe
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Despite incidents of school violence such
as the Columbine massacre in Colorado, today's youngsters are
happy and generally feel safe at school, according to a new
The nationwide poll, taken by Time magazine and Nickelodeon,
a cable television channel for children, questioned 1,172
children between from ages 6 to 14. The survey was conducted
just weeks after the April 20 shootings in Colorado.
Do you feel safe in the classroom?
- 93 percent said yes (ages 9-14)
Have you seen a gun at school?
- One in 10 said yes (ages 9-14)
- One in 6 said yes (ages 12-14)
On other issues:
- Many youngsters also complained they received little or no
respect from adults.
- Surprisingly, kids polled were more conservative than their
parents on the issue of premarital sex. More than three-
quarters of the children polled in the 12 to 14 age group
said it was "somewhat or very important" to wait until
marriage before having sex. Asked at what age sex is
appropriate, the average age given was 23. The average age
mentioned by the 397 parents surveyed was 18.
- Religion, most kids said, plays a role in their lives.
Seventy-nine percent said they pray, while almost half, 46%,
said they go to religious services every week.
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