A survey of more than 5,000 parents and guardians of children aged from three to 12-years-old has found that being bullied is what they are most concerned about for their child. Over half of all parents questioned (56%) said that they are most worried about bullying at school, followed by other issues such as obesity, gaming addiction and internet safety. The findings also covered issues including mental health and budget cuts to children’s services.

The research was carried out on behalf of Childcare.co.uk, a platform for childcare providers.

The top five concerns for parents in the UK are:

  1. Bullying at school
  2. Childhood obesity
  3. Gaming addiction
  4. Anxiety and depression
  5. Internet safety

Of those questioned in the survey, more than half (56%) of parents and guardians said that they are worried about their child being bullied at school.

Obesity is the second most common concern according to 40 per cent of parents, while over a third of those surveyed (34%) were concerned about their child developing an addiction to gaming. Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression were the fourth most common worry for 31 per cent of parents, and 27 per cent selected safety online as a concern.

Richard Conway, founder of Childcare.co.uk, said: “As a parent myself, I’m certainly in agreement with many of our members. Parents worry – it’s natural to have concerns, and these will change over time as your child grows up. It’s interesting to see that bullying is the biggest issue for parents. We know that bullying can have a devastating impact on a child’s self-confidence. With so many parents highlighting this as their main concern, we hope that schools across the UK take note and ensure that they are doing everything they can to help children feel safe in the classroom.”

The full survey results can be found here: childcare.co.uk/blog/bullying-2019

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