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This Child Protection Week, Act for Kids are encouraging adults to ‘Get Comfy Switching On by Switching Off

This Child Protection Week, Act for Kids is encouraging adults to ‘Get Comfy Switching On by Switching Off’ for the kids in their life after new research revealed far too many young people don’t always feel listened to and aren’t speaking to anyone when they’re worried . The research commissioned by Act for Kids heard from more than 300 young Australians aged between 14 to 17.

breaking down the research

The results show there is an alarming number of young people feeling unheard, yet they are carrying the burden of their concerns alone, raising the risk of real mental health challenges. It shows there is a substantial proportion of kids and young people who do not feel confident or empowered to speak to someone they trust when they feel worried. Another real concern is that 66% of the respondents said they worry about how they look and 64% are worried about school.

Sadly, one person said “I have my days that I feel confident but a lot of the time I am just pretending. I don’t feel confident in my own skin at all and wish I could just click my fingers and change anything I wanted.”

Another said, “My looks and how I look during school and if anyone really likes me.”

Time to Get Comfy Switching On by Switching Off

Act for Kids wants every adult to ‘Get Comfy Switching On by Switching off’ for the kids in their life. This could be as simple as asking questions about their day or reminding them that you’re there for them. Try to listen and not immediately fix the problem. The research shows there is a genuine need for adults to simply listen rather than tell a child or young person what to do by solving their problems for them.

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