Chicago Kids Get Busy

Study finds one in four kids have had sex before 16

By Matt Bartosik
|  Thursday, Aug 20, 2009  |  Updated 9:52 AM CDT
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One in Four Chicago Kids Having Sex Before 16: Study

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According to a study of 1,000 low-income families, one in four kids between the ages of 11 and 16 said they have already had sex.

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Kids in low-income families can't always afford expensive video games or premium cable channels. But it looks like they're finding something else ... err, someone else, to do.

One in four kids between the ages of 11 and 16 said they have already had sex, according to a study of 1,000 low-income families in Chicago, Boston and San Antonio.

If parents are waiting till their kids are teenagers to give "the birds and the bees" talk, mom and dad may be too late. The average age at which these kids dropped their teddy bears and started baring their teddies was 12 years old.

We may have to start selling Pokemon condoms.

"Those people who say that kids don't have sex at that young of age should think again," study co-author Brenda Lohman, an associate professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

According to experts, approximately 13 percent of girls and 15 percent of boys have had sex before age 16.

So next time you hear "It's 10 p.m., do you know where your children are?" Consider that they may be on a booty call.

Matt Bartosik, a "between blogs" blogger, wants to tell you 'bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above.

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