ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – Internet safety and sexting are joining the ranks of drug abuse, obesity, and smoking as top child health problems. That’s according to a new poll from the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.
In May 2011, the poll asked adults to rate 23 different health concerns for children living in their communities. In the top spot was childhood obesity, followed by drug abuse and smoking.
“The public understands and perceives the risks of new problems, such as sexting and stress as major issues for kids,” said the poll’s directos, Dr. Matthew Davis, speaking live on WWJ Newsradio 950.
“These may be of even greater concern in the future as we’ve seen childhood obesity climb up the list in the last five years,” he said.
Hear our complete interview with Dr. Davis: