A groundbreaking study reveals that children in the UK are a “survivor generation” who remain optimistic about the future despite the effects of the pandemic.
Mrs. Rachel de Souza, a British children’s commissioner, decided that young people were not “lost generations” or “snowflakes,” but “practical generations of sleeve-ups,” and decided to succeed after Covid. Said.
Earlier this year, Dame Rachel launched a “Big Ask” survey of how young people were affected by a pandemic. With 557,077 children responding, this was the largest survey ever.
British children are generally happy and optimistic, but have certain concerns and concerns.
71% of 9 to 17 years old and 94% of 6 to 8 years old are happy with the overall life, but 9% of 9 to 17 years old do not think their lives will improve .. From their parents.
Dame Rachel said that the most important thing children care about is the same, regardless of ethnicity, deprivation or vulnerability. Mental and physical health, community activities, school life, and educational progress.
Future careers are an important focus, with 69% of 9-17 year olds saying that doing a good job is one of their main priorities.
The study also found a deep-rooted commitment to the environment. This is the second most common future concern, with 39% of 9-17 year olds saying it is one of their major future priorities and concerns.
Most children are happy with their entire life, but girls were twice more likely to be more dissatisfied with their mental health than boys. Children who were dissatisfied with their family life were also nine times more likely to be dissatisfied with their lives as a whole.
Following the survey, Dame Rachel called for a “comprehensive” educational catch-up package for schools, increased mental health support on social media, and stronger protection for children.
She states: “If an adult learns one thing from this report, it would be: This is not the” snowflake generation. ” A heroic generation.
“A generation of children who are veterans of the global crisis. They have made many sacrifices to see how terrifying and too young life is. But they have endured, stronger and more timely. It’s getting smarter sooner. Bruises, yes, and often serious vulnerabilities, but most of the time, happy, optimistic, and determined.
“They are survivors, citizen-oriented, practical generations with raised sleeves.”