By Mairi Dougan
Childline says it receives around 11 calls every day from young people claiming to be lonely and misunderstood.
The service says social media is partly to blame, as young people look at unrealistic images of life online, causing them to feel insecure and inadequate.
It also says young people are more reluctant than ever to confide in their parents about their fears.
The charity says youngsters feel that older people will not understand and often report feeling their Mums and Dads are too busy to listen to them.
Children as young as six are calling Childline saying they feel isolated and alone, with girls five times more likely than boys to get in touch.
Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, which runs the service said:
“The world is becoming an increasingly complex place to grow up in with children and teenagers facing daily pressures to achieve what society defines as a successful life – grades, relationships, physical appearance.
“It is, therefore, vita; that children and teenagers have people around them – in particular parents – who they can really open up to about how they are feeling.”
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