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Exam stress: advice for parents and teenagers

ChildLine will be on hand to provide support to teenagers in lead up to summer exams

ChildLine is reminding teenagers that help is available if they feel anxious or worried about exams.

Millions of under 18s will be sitting exams this summer and it is important they do not heap too much pressure on themselves.

A spokesperson for ChildLine said:
"The exam period can be a very stressful and anxious time for young people.

"We hear from lots of young people each year who are anxious, worried or panicking about their exams and revision.

"We want to let them know that they are not alone and that ChildLine is here to listen to them."

The ChildLine website has a special 'Exam stress' section for children and young people to visit. As well as calling ChildLine's free confidential helpline - 0800 11 11, young people can also send emails to trained counsellors or receive support online via one-to-one chat.

Advice for parents

ChildLine is also offering the following advice for parents and carers to help ease young people's exam stress and anxieties during the summer months:

  • Don't place unnecessary pressure on your children to gain certain grades. They may feel they have failed if they don't achieve what they thought was expected of them.
  • Encourage children to take regular breaks, eat snacks and exercise.
  • Encourage them to drink water to stay hydrated - this will help with concentration.
  • Help them revise by leaving them the space and time to do so.
  • Be relaxed about chores or untidiness and understand they might be moody. Allow your children to revise at night, if that's what works best for them, but do make sure that they get enough sleep to keep their energy levels up in the day.
  • Be supportive and help alleviate their worries by talking to them.

Contact ChildLine

Visit the ChildLine website or call 0800 1111 for more help and advice for children and young people.

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