- Well over half the students surveyed (57%) say they participate in some kind of out-of-school activity or program every day or almost every day, and another 37% say they do so a couple of days a week. Almost 8 in 10 (79%) say they do things both on school days and on weekends.
- Sports were the most popular of after-school activities (66%), followed by school clubs or school activities (62%), but lessons in music, dance, and art came out strong as well (52%).
- The overwhelming majority of students (85%) say kids who participate in organized activities such as a team or a club after school are ‘better off’ than those who have a lot of time to themselves after school.
- Minority and low-income households had less access to appropriate activities.
- Approximately 9 in 10 students (89%) agree with the statement, ‘Even though I might complain about it, sometimes I need to be pushed by my parents to do things that are good for me’ — with 62% saying they agree strongly.
- Asked to choose among the following four options, only 15% of parents say the best reason is to improve how well kids do in school; 41% say it’s to develop interests and hobbies; 27% to keep kids busy and out of trouble; 16% to have fun.
I’m shocked, I tell you. Shocked. Even though this was true long before the cell phone, and in fact I did it myself. Don’t tell mom. #
….most parents say their own kids don’t do much hanging out at the mall; yet more than half of kids say they do. And while some parents count on cell phones to know where their kids are, uncomfortably high numbers of youngsters admit they’ve told their parents they were in one place when they were really in another and that they don’t always answer their cell when they know it’s their parents calling.