Monday 19 March 2018

Teenage chores laziness revealed

Three-quarters of 11-16 year olds have never loaded a washing machine
Three-quarters of 11-16 year olds have never loaded a washing machine

Large numbers of young teenagers have never washed their own clothes and do not iron or do household shopping, according to a survey.

More than three-quarters, or 76%, of 11 to 16-year-olds in the UK have yet to load a washing machine, 63% do not iron and 75% are strangers to bathroom cleaning, a survey has shown.

The study showed more than a third - 35% - have never cooked a meal, and 92% do not ever do the household shopping.

The findings were taken from an online survey of 1,011 11 to 25-year-olds in the UK conducted last month for The Children's Society to coincide with a young carers' festival this weekend.

The charity said it is hoping to highlight the "stark" contrast between the life of an average teenager, and an estimated 175,000 young carers in the UK who carry out similar household chores from as young as five years old.

Young carers responsible for looking after one or more parent or siblings who are sick or disabled can be involved in administering medicines, washing and dressing an adult, cooking, cleaning and even managing the household finances, the charity said.

They often have "excessive" responsibilities which can cause difficulties at school, health and emotional problems, social isolation and a lack of leisure time.

The festival, organised jointly by YMCA Fairthorne Group and The Children's Society, aims to give a break and support to more than 1,500 young carers.

Organisers have said they want adult and children's services to work more closely to protect child carers.

Jenny Frank, programme manager for The Children's Society, said: "We want to see all local authorities delivering services to meet the needs of the whole family and so prevent excessive caring impacting on children's well-being, education and childhoods."

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