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Youngsters in UK ‘Deeply Unhappy’ Due to Modern Day Cyberbullying and Social Media

Update Date: Jan 11, 2016 12:32 PM EST

When ChildLine, the helpline for children began in 1986, the most common issues that were addressed were teen pregnancies, sexual abuse and family problems. However, now three decades later, the scales have tipped. The 'deeply unhappy' UK youngsters now complain about the social media and cyberbullying, said the charity. On its 30th anniversary, ChildLine is dealing with children facing issues that they didn't exist when they started. This 24-hour helpline was aimed towards helping the children to deal with issues like pregnancy, physical abuse, family troubles etc.

In 2015, the most common issue that these children raised were about the family relationships, poor self-confidence, unhappiness and fears of cyberbullying, self harm and more such problems that didn't feature back then. According to the new figures published by the organization, 35,244 counselling sessions held by NSPCC in 2014/15 were about low self-esteem and unhappiness. There has also been an increase in the number of sessions that the organization ran in all these years. NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: "It is clear from the hundreds of thousands of calls ChildLine receives that we have a nation of deeply unhappy children. "The pressure to keep up with friends and have the perfect life online is adding to the sadness that many young people feel on a daily basis. "The worries that young people face and the way they talk to us have dramatically changed since ChildLine was launched. We will change to make sure that no matter what, young people will have a place to turn to whenever they need it. Times may change but one thing stays the same - our vital helpline is often the only place that many young people feel they can turn to," as reported by Mirror

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