Study re­veals lonely pupils

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

Al­most one in seven chil­dren start­ing se­condary school feel lonely “of­ten”, new fig­ures show.

The Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics re­ported that 14% of chil­dren aged 10-12 say they of­ten feel this way.

This re­duces to 8.6% of 13- to 15-year-olds.

It is the first time the sta­tis­tics body has an­a­lysed chil­dren and young peo­ple’s views and ex­pe­ri­ences of lone­li­ness.

The data, drawn from var­i­ous sur­veys of chil­dren and young peo­ple, also shows that those liv­ing in cities are more likely to re­port of­ten feel­ing lonely com­pared to those in the coun­try­side or towns.

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