Back to school jitters are common, but what is your child really thinking about as she prepares for the big day? Maybe not what you think. While there may be some nervous feelings about new teachers and hitting the books, most kids feel pretty positive about going back to school.
A YouthBeat survey of school-aged kids finds that the vast majority of teens and tweens are excited about the “fresh start” a new school year brings. 80% of kids ages 11 to 17 say they are looking forward to the chance to reinvent themselves, try out a new style and make new friends.
But while older kids are excited about turning over a new leaf and trying out a new identity, 80% of kids ages 6 to 10 say they are mostly looking forward to seeing the friends may have lost touch with over the summer. A surprising 30% of those kids say they are also looking forward to seeing their teachers again.
But what are kids dreading about going back to school? First, there’s the obvious: Homework. 54% say their top concern about going back to school is the homework they know is coming. But beyond school work, they are also worried about fitting in with the other kids. 17% fret about being the target of gossip while 15% are concerned about bullies.
But one thing they aren’t concerned with is violence. Despite the fears of many parents and the scary stories in the news, 95% of the students surveyed said that violence at school is just not something they worry about.
So, now that we know what’s on our kid’s minds as they prepare to head back to school, tell us: What’s on yours?
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