Children with pets do better at school, claims new research
Almost two thirds (58%) of children between 3 and 14 are worried about going to school, with friends, bullies and teachers alike causing rising panic amongst British youngsters.
The research highlights the most common age for stress in children is between 9 and 11 years old coinciding with SATS exams in year 6.
Tell-tale signs from this age group include getting upset, becoming ‘clingy’ to you or their pet. A third of parents (33%) claim that spending time with a pet helps their 9 to 11 years old unwind and relax.
The new research by Tetra, leader also reported children in pet households are meeting and exceeding teacher’s expectations more than non-pet households. And are more confident when interacting with others.
The type of pet also has an impact on children’s performance at school with over half (51%) believing that keeping fish had a calming effect on their child, whilst teaching them responsibility, developing social skills and encouraging cognitive development.
Dr Angharad Rudkin, Child Psychologist and Tetra Spokesperson said: "It’s concerning to hear that children as young as three are suffering from stress and it’s not surprising this peaks as they reach year six when the pressure of SATS exams becomes apparent.
"Keeping fish is a great and safe introduction into the world of pets for young children helping to teach important, transferrable skills that will benefit them throughout school and into adult life.
“Not only are different species fascinating to watch but they also provide the perfect opportunity for children to learn about various types and their behaviour. Introducing a pet to the family helps development in young children and creates a calming atmosphere in the home, benefiting the entire family.”