Report shows modern life continues to erode happiness of young people

Date: 17th September 2021
Category: Basic Health and Welfare

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The Children's Society's Good Childhood Report 2021 shows that modern life continues to erode the happiness of young people. Dissatisfied with school, friendships and how they look, an estimated 306,000 10-15 year olds in the UK are unhappy with their lives.

The tenth annual Good Childhood Report finds that 7% of 10 to 15 year olds (an estimated 306,000 children) in the UK are not happy with their lives.

Key findings of the report include:

  • An estimated 1 in 8 boys are unhappy with how they look and 1 in 7 girls are feeling the pressure of looking good.
  • Roughly ΒΌ million children did not cope well with changes during the pandemic.
  • The proportion of children unhappy with their school lives has leapt from 1 in 11 ten years ago to 1 in 8.

For more information and to read the full Good Childhood Report, click here.