Children's word of the year unveiled

The children’s word of the year for 2021 has been revealed as “anxiety”, reflecting the mental health and wellbeing challenges caused by the pandemic.

The annual research from Oxford University Press involved more than 8,000 children from years 3 to 9 who were asked to choose the most common words they would use when talking about health and wellbeing – the theme selected by researchers in light of the pandemic.

Almost a quarter of the children chose anxiety as their number one word. “Challenging came in second, chosen by a fifth of the respondents, closely followed by isolate”,“wellbeingand “resilience”.

The word of the year has long reflected the influence and impact of media news stories and important topics of conversation in the adult world on our young people.

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