Research shows fifth of primary school children experience anxiety

One in five primary school children experience anxiety, according to new research.

The research, conducted by Laya Healthcare in line with their Super Troopers health homework programme, surveyed 500 parents and found that a quarter of students aged between five and 12 deal with "low emotional moods".

Most of the parents surveyed, 91%, think mental health first aid training should be given to teachers.

While 76% say emotional health should be just as important in the school curriculum as English and Maths.

A key finding in the survey is the significant amount of time young children are spending watching TV or playing games on screens.

According to parents, 52% of all primary school children own their own tablet and more than a quarter, 27%, have their own mobile phone.

When time on all devices is added up, children under 12 years are spending twice as much time viewing screens than playing outside: 23 hours screen time as opposed to 11 hours a week outside.

    Top 5 reasons why children worry, according to parents:

  • Being left out of friendship groups - 39%
  • Pressure of school work - 33%
  • Not ‘fitting in’ - 20%
  • Fighting with siblings 18%
  • General feeling of being overwhelmed - 16%

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