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Children in US safest for two decades






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A report says American children are safer today than they were 20 years ago. The study is from the Child Well-Being Index, which has been made since 1975. It measures the quality of life among US children. The best figure is that child death rates have gone down by a third since 1975. Suicide rates among teens have fallen and fewer children experience violent crime. Teen births are at their lowest level in decades. Children are also better educated today.

The report highlighted some negatives. Child health has worsened. A major cause of this is obesity. Teenagers are spending longer indoors using technology. This may protect kids from physical dangers outdoors but can harm their health. Child poverty still affects millions of children. This has not changed in the past 20 years. About 20 per cent of children lived in poverty in 2013. This is about the same as it was in 1995.

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