The pre-teen years have long been recognised as an important stage of childhood. It is a time when children undergo fundamental changes - not only the hormonal and physical changes of puberty, but in becoming more independent and increasingly dependent on friends and peer groups, and developing their own identity and values. Pre-teens are more likely to be self-conscious and lack self-esteem. The identities, skills and attitudes that are developed during these years last long into adulthood.
Changing social trends have had a huge impact on the experiences of the pre-teen group because they have become exposed to adult cultures and attitudes in a way we would not have expected in the past. Almost half of 8-11 year olds are now saying that they access the internet without the supervision of an adult. Many own a mobile phone and chat with friends either online or via PS4 or other gaming device. This age range have technology at their fingertips but are not yet equipped to deal with some of the more negative issues which can arise such as grooming and cyber bullying. There is also pressure from the commercial market they are exposed to, so having the right pair of trainers is very important and can lead to anxiety, depression and stress.
Coping with all this along with changes in school life, exams, more homework and the prospect of starting a new secondary school can be overwhelming. Increased importance placed on tests, exams and learning in the last year of primary school has become more and more like learning in the first few years of secondary school. Your child needs your support at this time of change and uncertainty.
Visit the link for more information: www.youngminds.org.uk