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Ask an Expert – What pressures do children feel in the 21st century and what can we do about it?

Childhood has changed significantly over recent decades. On a number of measures children’s lives have clearly improved: better public safety and support for their physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, children are reporting more stress and less sleep. Children in the 21st century are reporting more anxiety, including from increased pressure to excel in an ever more competitive educational environment. And over the last almost 30 years, socially prescribed expectations for perfection have increased, exacerbated by social media and the success culture that drives it.

These issues beg the questions: What are the main sources of stress and pressure for children in the 21st century? Are these different than before, and have they been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? And what can we, parents, teachers, policy makers and communities, do to help? Join us for our sixth “Ask an expert” webinar where we discuss these issues and more.

Moderators: Tracey Burns and Francesca Gottschalk, OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.

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