“Children become less happy after age 11 amid rise of cyberbulling, online porn and sexting – and it affects girls worse than boys” by Dan Bloom

A recent survey that was conducted finds obvious results- that many young girls are disproportionally harmed by some of our cultural norms. This is an excerpt from a recent article published by The Daily Mail. The source of this excerpt is http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2619935/Children-happy-age-11-cyberbulling-online-porn-sexting-affects-girls-worse-boys.html

Children’s happiness drops after the age of 11 as they get caught up in modern issues such as cyber-bullying, online porn and sexting, a study has found.

Charity and youth workers surveyed almost 7,000 children over three years and found girls were far worse affected than boys.

image courtesy of The Daily Mail.

image courtesy of The Daily Mail.

Their self-esteem, ’emotional well-being’ and satisfaction with their community sank sharply after the age of 11, continuing to get worse up to the age of 16.

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The researchers blamed the march of technology as one of several factors making teenagers unhappy, including obvious factors like hormones and changing friendship groups.

Dr Simon Davey, Programme Leader of the Emerging Scholars’ Intervention Programme, said: ‘Technology and the pace of change have accelerated pressures, made them more extreme and increased competition.
‘Girls in particular are more vulnerable to social pressures affecting their confidence and capability.

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In total the charities surveyed 6,890 children aged 11 to 16 – 3,176 girls and 3,714 boys – and ranked them on eight measures of happiness.

They were overall satisfaction, self-esteem, emotional well-being, resilience and satisfaction with friends, family, community and school.

On all the measures, the children’s happiness dipped after age 11 and in nearly all cases continued to fall right up to age 16.

image courtesy of The Daily Mail.

image courtesy of The Daily Mail.

The report said: ‘By age 11, girls’ emotional well-being is already below that of boys, and it keeps dropping.

Their self-esteem levels fall away badly, while boys’ remain relatively stable. Girls start off happier with their friends, but by age 16 this has tumbled below the level for boys. The research is unsettling.
‘Our findings could…reflect recent concerns about the insidiousness of sexism to which girls are now subject: the profusion of sexualised imagery in everyday life; readier access to pornography; and again, new technology, and specifically the ease with which images and videos can be shared among peers.’

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit The Daily Mail website http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2619935/Children-happy-age-11-cyberbulling-online-porn-sexting-affects-girls-worse-boys.html

Dan Bloom is a journalist for The Daily Mail.