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Date TimeAugust 27, 2019
VoiceChildren’s happiness levels are continuing to decline and are now at a 10-year low, according to a new report by the Children’s Society.
Childrens Happiness Levels Reach 10-Year Low, Report Reveals
Figures suggest about a quarter of a million children in the UK are unhappy with their lives, but the reasons why are complex.
For its 2019 Good Childhood Report, the Children’s Society asked 10 to 15 year-olds about how happy they were with life as a whole, as well as happiness with friends, family, appearance, school and schoolwork.
It revealed a significant decrease in happiness with life as a whole and with friends. But there was no significant change for happiness with family, appearance or schoolwork.
There was, however, a significant dip in happiness with school, which the Children’s Society warned should be monitored. It’s thought this is down to school culture.The report showed large proportions of children are worried about everything from money and getting good grades at school, to wider issues such crime and the environment.
Mark Russell, chief executive of The Children’s Society, said: “Too many children are struggling with their lives right now, and large numbers are also anxious about their future.”
Dr Max Davie, Officer for Health Improvement for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), called for a national measurement of wellbeing for children aged 11-18 years old to help monitor the situation.
“This research shows that childhood is often harder and more stressful than it should be,” he said.
“We have a responsibility as adults to give children the best possible start in life and it’s concerning that nearly a quarter of a million children say they’re unhappy. 
“This report highlights that children’s happiness with life is at a 10-year low, and must act as a catalyst for urgent government action.”
Discussing why we need a national measurement for children’s wellbeing, he said: “Better data helps decision makers understand how children’s lives really are and to take the necessary action. It’s also vital for those of us working to promote and protect children’s health.”Related... The Top 10 Toys Your Kids Will Want This Christmas, According To John Lewis Bank Of Mum And Dad Named One Of UK's Biggest Mortgage Lenders Has WhatsApp Changed The Way We All Communicate For Good?

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