The U.S. election, as well as other global issues including Brexit and Europe's refugee crisis, is giving British children anxiety, data released today by a leading U.K.-based children's charity reveals.
"Concerns about world affairs such as the EU Referendum, the US election and trouble in the Middle East" were causes of stress in children, according to a statement Monday from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), based on data from its Childline subsidiary.
Childline, a charity which offers children and young people the opportunity to discuss their problems, has noted a 35 percent rise in counselling sessions focusing on anxiety in the past year.
"Things like the EU referendum and the US election make me worry about my future and how things are going to change. … I feel really sorry for the refugees because it isn't their fault that their country is at war," said one teenage girl contacting Childline.
John Cameron, head of helplines at the NSPCC, told CNBC via telephone that children are troubled by "uncertainty about what will happen in the new world."
As well as children overhearing their parents discussing global issues, Cameron cited the role of 24 hour news and readily available internet access as increasing children's exposure to such topics.