By Ryan Johnson, Forum Communications Co., Published December 05 2009
ND youth take risk behavior surveyThe latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows increases in technology health risks, while the overall alcohol use rate has gone down among North Dakota’s K-12 students.
The survey was completed in March in 210 middle and high schools across the state.
Grand Forks Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nybladh said the results, released Friday by the state Department of Public Instruction, help provide warning signs for schools to watch.
“These surveys, I think, are useful in helping inform not only school officials and administrators, but also parents about some of the trends that we see in our schools in our communities,” he said.
It helps the district accurately target educational programs so students can make good choices. But the biggest advantage is pointing out things for parents to discuss about their child’s behaviors and risk-taking, Nybladh said.
The statewide survey sheds some light on how students are behaving and what areas have gotten worse since the last survey in spring 2007.
Nearly 18,000 middle and high school students in the state participated in the voluntary and anonymous survey this year.
Ryan Johnson is a reporter at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.