Concern about children not getting a decent nights sleep

Recent research has suggested that children are spending more time watching television than they are spending on their school work at home. Recent figures also suggested that schoolchildren are not getting enough sleep to stay alert in class. The research has come out of the Schools Health Education Unit and shows that half of  the girls aged between 14 and 15 said they were not getting enough sleep every night. For boys, the figure was less, but still significant.

The data that forms the survey was gathered from over 80,000 children from schools across the UK last year. It showed that the number of children who are getting eight hours of sleep a night fell as they got older. 80% of children aged between 12 and 13 said they got eight hours of sleep, but when compared with 14 to 15-year-old age group this figure fell to just over 60%. Half of those questioned said they did not get enough sleep to be healthy.

Over 20% of boys in school years eight and ten said that they spent over two hours playing computer games the day before the survey was conducted. The figure is significantly less for girls at around 7%.

Just below 15% of all the students asked said that they spent over two hours a day watching television. The number of children who spend two hours a day on homework was less than 3%, astonishingly nearly 40% of students said that they did not spend any time on homework.

Netmums.com is a parenting website that is run by Cathy Ranson and she commented about the survey, “Parents will find the study very interesting, particularly the fact that children are admitting that they do not get enough sleep.

“In the world today it seems that every child has a computer, television, or mobile phone at their disposal to keep them awake so in a way these figures are not very surprising.” Another part of the study looked at the prevalence of bullying in schools and one study found that one in every three girls who is aged between 10 and 11 was afraid to go to school on occasion because of bullying.

The report also found that boys were less afraid of bullying and as they got older it became less of a problem for them. In the study it was found that one in every 10 boys admitted that in the last year they had bullied someone.

Around 6% of the boys surveyed who were aged 14 and 15 said that they feared going to school because of bullying. The coordinator for the Anti-Bullying Alliance is Sue steel and she has said that these figures show that bullying is still a serious concern for schools.