School work, the state of the planet and physical pains are among the biggest worries of children growing up today.

A poll of 1,000 ‘tweenagers’, aged seven to 15, found nearly a quarter feel concerned about something every single day.

For the younger demographic - seven to 11 year olds - the pressures from school and forming friendships results in nearly half feeling ‘scared’ at times about growing up.

Of the older group - 12 to 15 year olds - nearly half are ‘anxious’ about wider world issues such as climate change and more than a third worry about their future.

Clinical Psychologist Dr Kate Mason, who specialises in the well-being of young people, speaking about the research commissioned by Nurofen, said:

“The pre-teen years are undoubtedly a distinct and special time in children’s lives.

“This is when they are psychologically and emotionally developing their unique identities and perspectives, comprehending their place in the world, strengthening their relationships with peers and family and undergoing many physical and neurological changes.

“However, these changes understandably bring a cocktail of emotions for children and their parents as well as tricky practical challenges to overcome as they let go of the comforts of childhood, and face the uncertainty of the coming adolescent years.”

The research found adolescents aged 12-15 years old also experience certain types of physical pains with two thirds dealing with headaches, a fifth having discomfort from braces and more than half feeling general body pain.

For nearly one in five, being in pain was cited as a worry and 77 per cent will turn to their parents when they are suffering physically.

The 1,000 parents who were also polled shared their view on the emotional impact of their child growing up and the practical challenges they face.

The survey revealed more than a third of youngsters are spending more time away from their mums and dads than they ever have.

One in five said their child is becoming more independent and distant with age but more than half view the increasing self-reliance as positive, and enjoy their new found freedom.

However, 46 per cent worry about their offspring going elsewhere for advice and two in five struggle to ‘let go’ as their youngster grows up.

A third struggle if their tween shows ‘out of character’ behaviour but equally the same amount find humour when their child acts a bit ‘irrationally’ and 40 per cent go on to share stories with fellow parents.

When it comes to managing their child’s pains, a third worry about their child getting the right dose of effective pain relief, according to the data.

The difficult in-between ages has one in four parents reporting their child finds syrup too ‘childish’, while 40 per cent say their youngster struggles to swallow pain relief tablets.

As a result, more than a third have disguised their child’s pain medicine to get them to take it – 53 per cent used peanut butter and 67 per cent dissolved their medicine in orange juice.

Finding the right solution is a priority for parents, with half wanting to feel assured their child has the correct dose of medicine to last throughout the day.

Marcella Christophersen, Nurofen senior brand manager at RB said:

“These survey findings are important to highlight the challenging times this age group and their parents can go through as their children transition to adulthood – their so-called ‘growing pains’.

"It’s clear that finding a suitable product for pain relief is a priority for parents, so they can feel assured their child has the correct dose of medicine to last throughout the day; yet they can often struggle with formulations available for this ‘in-between age group’.

"Recognising the pain relief needs of this age group, we have recently launched two products to help overcome some of these practical challenges."

Clinical Psychologist Dr Kate Mason’s top tips to help parents talk to their children about the things they find painful or worry about:

  • Be open and honest - Take your lead from your child, answer their questions and only go into the level of detail they ask for, but don’t be afraid to be honest or try to sugarcoat issues.
  • Choose opportune times to talk – A relaxed setting can help them open up, whether this be on the way home from school, sitting down to dinner, or even when watching TV or playing together. Doing a fun activity together can be a good time to have an open chat – whether this be while shopping, bike riding, or cooking together.
  • Problem solve together – Remember your child is going through a lot of changes – some good and some more challenging. To help manage these, I suggest taking time to talk through their concerns and the various options open to them, whether that be facing a difficult test at school, or a new type of pain. This will reassure them, build their understanding, empower them and help them develop problem solving abilities.
  • Remember you’re not on your own – It’s okay to ask for help – no parent knows the answer to everything! For example, if you child is experiencing an ache or pain, speak to your pharmacist for advice if you’re unsure how best to address it.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel shared a video in channel. 4 hours 27 minutes ago

South West Institute of Technology centre (SWIoT)

Petroc Principal Sean Mackney is supporting Love Our Colleges week by showing off the build of our South West Institute of Technology centre...

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel had a status update on Twitter 4 hours 29 minutes ago

RT @FrancisAlun: We talked a little bit about Oldham and social mobility with @TomBewick and guests. It was fun to do and #skillsworldlive…
View Original Tweet

Claire Russell has published a new article: Education world now putting more focus on planning 6 hours 43 minutes ago

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page