More than four in ten children feel that when they have
something important to say, their parents do not give them enough
time to say it, according to a survey.
The study found that 16 per cent of children were almost never,
or rarely, given enough time to say what they wanted. Fifteen per
cent said that their parents and guardians did not often show
interest in what they say.
Only half of the children felt that when their parents disagreed
with them they explained why rather than just losing their
The study, Talking Families, was carried out by BT, and involved
5,966 school children in years 5 to 8. It was published for BT and
Childline’s Big Listen Week, designed to encourage adults to
listen to young people.