Childhood and parenting in today's Britain

Boy playingMumsnet has joined forces with ITV1's Tonight programme to find out what really are the pressures facing children - and their parents - in today's Britain.

Do parents' working hours erode family time? Are children less safe than we were in our childhoods? Do they face too much media pressure about their appearance? And are they subjected to too many tests at school?

The results of the survey were explored in a Tonight special, Kids Under Pressure, on Tues 4 January at 7.30pm on ITV1.

Watch the programme here

 

What the papers say about the survey results

 

ITV Tonight Programme - Mumsnet Survey Dec 10
The Tonight Programme on ITV have asked us to find out what parents think about a few issues to do with the pressures that children might face today. From what you have seen, read, heard about or experienced, please say to what extent you agree or disagree with the following statements about children in the UK today. PLEASE TICK ONE RESPONSE PER ROW. Base: all parents of at least one child.
Percents Strongly agree Tend to agree Neither agree nor disagree Tend to disagree Strongly disagree Don't know Response Count
There is too much testing in schools today 25% 39% 21% 10% 2% 4% 1006
I used to play out on my own more when I was my chil(ren)’s age 45% 28% 10% 12% 5% 1% 1006
In general children nowadays don’t play out on their own enough 27% 51% 13% 7% 1% 1% 1006
These days, long working hours make it difficult for parents to spend enough time with their children 25% 50% 14% 9% 2% 0% 1006
In general parents nowadays fail to give their children proper boundaries for good behaviour, compared to when I was a child 13% 35% 22% 23% 6% 1% 1006
Changing family structures are tending to make children more unhappy 9% 32% 31% 20% 5% 2% 1006
Young people feel under pressure to look like the unrealistic images shown in the media 35% 50% 9% 3% 1% 1% 1006
The increase in use of the internet has added problems to the lives of young people 16% 37% 25% 16% 4% 2% 1006
In general children nowadays are less happy than they were when I was a child 4% 20% 37% 28% 7% 3% 1006
Answered question           1006 1006
               
               
Net agree and disagree Net agree Neither agree nor disagree Net disagree Don't know Response Count    
There is too much testing in schools today 64% 21% 12% 4% 1006    
I used to play out on my own more when I was my child(ren)’s age 72% 10% 17% 1% 1006    
In general children nowadays don’t play out on their own enough 78% 13% 8% 1% 1006    
These days, long working hours make it difficult for parents to spend enough time with their children 75% 14% 11% 0% 1006    
In general parents nowadays fail to give their children proper boundaries for good behaviour, compared to when I was a child 48% 22% 29% 1% 1006    
Changing family structures are tending to make children more unhappy 41% 31% 25% 2% 1006    
Young people feel under pressure to look like the unrealistic images shown in the media 86% 9% 4% 1% 1006    
The increase in use of the internet has added problems to the lives of young people 53% 25% 20% 2% 1006    
In general children nowadays are less happy than they were when I was a child 25% 37% 35% 3% 1006    
               
Data Strongly agree Tend to agree Neither agree nor disagree Tend to disagree Strongly disagree Don't know Response Count
There is too much testing in schools today 250 393 207 100 16 40 1006
I used to play out on my own more when I was my chil(ren)’s age 448 277 104 117 49 11 1006
In general children nowadays don’t play out on their own enough 268 515 134 70 12 7 1006
These days, long working hours make it difficult for parents to spend enough time with their children 251 504 142 88 18 3 1006
In general parents nowadays fail to give their children proper boundaries for good behaviour, compared to when I was a child 133 349 226 228 64 6 1006
Changing family structures are tending to make children more unhappy 90 325 314 199 55 23 1006
Young people feel under pressure to look like the unrealistic images shown in the media 354 508 91 31 9 13 1006
The increase in use of the internet has added problems to the lives of young people 160 376 249 163 40 18 1006
In general children nowadays are less happy than they were when I was a child 43 204 370 282 73 34 1006
Answered question           1006 1006
1,006 Mumsnet members who were the parent of at least one child completed an online survey on Mumsnet between 2-13 December 2010. A prize draw where one winner could win a laptop worth £650 was offered as an incentive.

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