A group of young people from Pembroke School want to bridge the gap with parents about school stress.
George Skully, 14, and his friends have designed a booklet to help parents and students understand how best to work together to minimise the negative effects of stress.
‘A lot of the stresses we experience come from school so we wanted to inform parents there are things they need to let us do to help relieve stress,’ explained George, from Pembroke. ‘We don’t always know how to handle the pressure and parents don’t always understand our behaviour.’
Earlier this year YouGov conducted the largest known study of stress levels in the UK via an online poll. It confirmed 60% of younger people have higher stress levels related to pressure to succeed.
The group say the main contributors to school stress are exams, work, bullies, relationships and dealing
with peer pressure.
George added: ‘It’s disappointing and infuriating when you see other people experiencing pressure at school because people should be able to recognise the signs and help them do something about it.’
The group want adults to stay open minded and think twice before putting any unnecessary pressure on their children.
They hope the booklet titled ‘A Parent’s Guide to Stress’ will be shared via social media and in schools across the country.
‘We hope the more parents who see the leaflet the more of an impact we will have,’ explained George.
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