Children’s happiness in the UK is at its lowest point in a decade – with crime and the environment among their key concerns, according to a new report.
Nearly a quarter of a million children in the UK – the equivalent of 219,000 – report being unhappy with their lives as a whole, according to figures from the Children’s Society charity.
Other key findings are
- Boys are becoming less happy with their appearance
- Happiness with friendships is in decline
- Any experience of financial strain or poverty in childhood is linked to lower well-being by age 14
Increased bullying, feeling unsafe at school and excessive use of social media are some of the potential driving factors behind the drop, according to the Children’s Society’s annual report.
Those as young as 10 are also worrying about broad societal issues – including crime (42 per cent), the environment (41 per cent) and information sharing online (37 per cent)