Stressed Kids Fret About the World
A study of 7-to-11-year-old Brits found that the climate crisis and terrorism have added to the usual pressures of school and friendships to drive kids batty. Luckily, schools that engaged world-weary children with lessons and activities related to global catastrophe managed to alleviate some of the tension.
Pupils feared the world outside their school gate – those in urban areas were particularly worried about violent crime although parents’ biggest fear for their children was traffic accidents.
Researchers found that pupils in schools which tackled the problems they worried about, such as those with eco-clubs and recycling schemes to teach children about environmental problems, were happier.
“Where schools had started engaging children with global and local realities as aspects of their education they were noticeably more upbeat. In several schools children were involved in environmental projects and the sense that ‘we can do something about it’ seemed to make all the difference,” they write.