New figures show a 9% increase of counselling sessions for children with low self-esteem, according to ChildLine as the service marks 30 years
In 1986 when the round-the-clock service began children were mostly concerned about family planning problems and sexual abuse.
ChildLine's revealed new figures as it approaches its 30th year which show children are struggling to cope with the pressures of modern life, creating a generation of children plagued by loneliness and low self-esteem.
When ChildLine began it broke the greatest taboo by putting sexual assault on the agenda. Because the service was a safe and confidential place to ask for help, it enabled children to break through the shame and fear that had for generations silenced sexually abused children.
But today their confidence is being destroyed by a constant onslaught from cyber-bullying, social media and the desire to copy celebrities as they strive to achieve the ‘perfect’ image.
In 2014-15 there were 35,244 counselling sessions for low self-esteem, an increase of 9% from the previous year.
Over 4 million children have been helped by ChildLine since it began. And recently, young people have been coming forward in their droves to confide just how desperate, alone, and sad they feel.