Worrying statistics relating to self-harm and young people have been shared as part of the Good Childhood Report, which looks at children’s well-being in the UK.
The report explores the reasons for the unhappiness which increases the risk of children self-harming.
How I look
The Children’s Society’s new Good Childhood survey of 10-17-year-old children and their parents across 2,000 households, which is also part of the report, found children were least happy with school and their appearance.
Nearly a quarter (24%) said they heard jokes or comments about other people’s bodies or looks all of the time, while more than a fifth (22%) of those in secondary school said jokes or comments were often made about people’s sexual activity.
Both made girls feel much worse about their appearance and less happy with their life as a whole, but this pattern did not apply to boys.
The research also suggests both boys and girls can be harmed by gender stereotypes and pressure to live up to these expectations.
Children felt under pressure from friends to be good looking but those who felt boys should be tough and girls should have nice clothes were least happy with life.
The report suggests that happiness with family relationships could be the best protection for children because it has the biggest positive influence on their overall well-being.
Tough Cookies Education provide a number of workshops for schools which explore body image, self-esteem, and confidence for both boys and girls. We also deliver a short-term project ‘Girlhood’ for girls in KS3.
For further information please contact Tough Cookies Education