School stress and Brexit fears top list of worries for children in 2019
With 2018 drawing to a close, the UK’s leading children’s charity commissioned YouGov to poll parents of 4 to 18 year olds across the nation to find out what their hopes and fears are for their children in the next year.
In the survey, 86% of parents told us they had concerns about what 2019 will have in store for their children (with 55% saying they were either fairly concerned or very concerned and 31% saying not very).
The gap between the top two worries in the poll was closer than the margin in the Brexit referendum: While 42% of parents said they were worried about their children suffering exam and school stress, 40% were worried that Brexit may have a negative impact on their child’s future. Worries about their children being bullied, either online or offline, came in a close third at 38%.
And around a quarter (24%) said they are concerned their children may develop mental health issues and not get appropriate or timely support.
Just under a fifth (19%) are worried their children will be affected by drugs or knife crime, either as a victim or a perpetrator.