Growing pains

Aston AveryDaytime

Homework, animal cruelty and having enough friends are among the biggest worries of children today, with a quarter feeling anxious about something every single day. It also emerged the whirlwind of ‘tween-hood’ has resulted in half (47%) of 7-15-year-olds sometimes feeling ‘scared’ about growing up.

The research commissioned by Nurofen found growing tweens also experience physical pains including two thirds dealing with headaches, a fifth having discomfort from braces and more than half feeling general body pain. The survey, which polled 1,000 children and 1,000 parents found that of those aged 7-15 found one in five are worried about the future of the planet.

This is particularly true of the older demographic – 12 to 15-year-olds – where a tenth admitted they often think about recycling, while one in five are anxious about climate change and a sixth worry about plastic pollution. The parents polled say youngsters are spending more time away from them than they ever have.

Aston spoke to Dr Kate Mason, child psychologist to discuss the research in further detail.