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Survey finds girls more likely to use home computers for homework

17 October 2014


Looking good: in 2011-12, 7 in 10 girls and 8 in 10 boys in the UK aged 10-15 reported that they were relatively happy with their appearance 

Looking good: in 2011-12, 7 in 10 girls and 8 in 10 boys in the UK aged 10-15 reported that they were relatively happy with their appeara...

ALMOST a quarter of British children aged ten to 15 rated their life satisfaction as below moderate, according to figures published last week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A similar number reported that they estimated the things that they they did in their lives as only moderately worth while, and just over a quarter said that they were only moderately happy.

The ONS findings are based on surveys undertaken since 2011, and the ONS is now in the process of drawing up a set of 31 measures of children's well-being. An initial version was produced last year, and an updated set will be published next year. The areas will include: personal well-being, relationships, health, personal finance, and education and skills.

Last week's report makes the point that nearly a fifth of the UK population - an estimated 12 million people - are children aged from birth to 15, which makes them an important part of the nation's well-being.

It highlights recent research from the Children's Society, which suggested that a significant minority of children in the UK suffered` from low well-being, whichaffected their childhood and life chances, and their families and communities.

The report suggested that while eight out of ten boys reported being relatively happy with their appearance, fewer than seven out of ten girls reported the same. About one in eight children reported frequent bullying, and about 12 per cent had been a victim of crime - half of which involved violence.

Nearly all children (98 per cent) used a computer at home, but girls were more likely to use one for homework, and boys mostly used one to play games.

The director of strategy at the Children's Society, Lily Caprani, said: "The fact that millions of children in the UK are not enjoying a good childhood should be a wake-up call to adults. This report shows that too many children are suffering from being victims of crime as well as bullying and low self-esteem. Very often . . . we treat teenagers as people to be feared, but we need to change our attitudes and recognise they are often vulnerable victims."

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