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UK teens believe they will have harder lives than their parents, research finds

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🗞️ Driving the news: A survey conducted by YouGov for Barnardo's involving 1,001 British teenagers aged 14 to 17 reveals a pessimistic outlook on their future, with 55% believing they will have a worse life than their parents
• Concerns cited include financial instability, job scarcity, and the climate crisis

🔭 The context: The survey highlights a widespread sense of hopelessness among teenagers, with 9% explicitly feeling hopeless about their future 
• The prevailing sentiment is that the social contract is broken, as articulated by Barnardo's CEO, Lynn Perry, who emphasizes the need to improve the world for the younger generation

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Teenagers' concerns about the climate crisis underscore the growing anxiety among young people about environmental sustainability and the planet's future

⏭️ What's next: Barnardo's report, "Changing Childhoods, Changing Lives," suggests that without significant changes, children in the UK face a challenging future marked by mental health issues, increased online exploitation risks, and more children entering care due to escalating social and environmental problems

💬 One quote: "It's our job to make the world better for our children, not worse," Lynn Perry, CEO of Barnardo’s

📈 One stat: 55% of teenagers surveyed believe their lives at 30 will be worse than their parents'.

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