Some important discoveries you helped us to make

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You have helped us to make some big discoveries that will help to shape public policy and improve the lives of all Australian kids.

You helped us discover that …

  • Kids who go to bed before 8:30 pm are likely to be healthier than kids who go to bed later. They also have happier mums! 1
  • If you like your primary school you are much more likely to make a successful transition to high school. 2
  • Spending more time doing household chores, homework and reading, and less time watching TV or playing video games, leads to fewer behavioural problems, such as hyperactivity.3
  • Kids who have a TV in their bedroom will tend to take longer to acquire language (comprehend, produce and use words) than kids who don't. 4

What you told us last time

Here are a few of the things we found out from the older cohort in Wave 6 (when you were 14 or 15 years old).

Who decides …

... how late you can stay out at night?

  • Very few 14-15 year olds decide how late they can stay out at night
  • For 2 in 5 young people, their parents decide how late they can stay out
  • For most of the other young people, they decide with their parents

... what you do with your money?

  • 2 in 5 young people decide what they do with their money
  • 1 in 3 decide for themselves, but consult their parents
  • 1 in 10 decide with their parents how to spend their money

... which friends you can spend time with?

  • Almost half the 14-15 year olds decide by themselves which friends they can hang out with
  • 1 in 5 decide by themselves, but consult with their parents or decide with their parents
  • For 6% of young people, their parents decide which friends they hang out with

Love and sex

What is your current sexual identity?

  • Most 14-15 year olds identified as attracted to the opposite sex
  • 4% of young people identified as gay/lesbian or bisexual
  • 7% of young people were either not sure, or weren't yet attracted to either men or women

 straight 89%, gay/lesbian 1%, bisexual 3%, not sure 3%, not attracted to boys or girls 4%.

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

  • At 14-15 years, only 15% of young people reported having a current girlfriend or boyfriend

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? yes 15%, no 85%

How many boyfriends/girlfriends have you ever had?

  • About half of the young people had ever had a boyfriend or girlfriend by age 14-15 years

 one 45%, two 29%, three 12%, four + 14%

1Get kids to bed early, parents warned

2Transition to secondary school

3Time use and children's social and emotional wellbeing and temperament

4Turned on, tuned in or dropped out?

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