Tri-Cities -- A new poll indicates that kids today have a lot on their minds. And the majority of them are not talking with their parents about their concerns.
Kids Health reports that of 1,154 children aged nine to thirteen who were asked, 86 percent said their top concern was the health of someone they love. 76 percent said they worry most about the future.
The concerns of the children suprised many of the experts who expected worries about homework and popularity to top the chart. Although those issues did make the list, they lagged behind the top two.
One counselor in Kennewick who deals with children regularly said Thursday that kids today may be exposed to too much information. John Simpkin with Sunderland Family Treatment Services said so much exposure to adult concerns may be too much for children so young to handle.
"I think with the Internet and TV and cable, and just the massive amount of information that's accessible now...it's easy for kids to get a lot more information, and maybe too much information, that they're quite not (sic) ready to process by themselves."
The study also indicated that just 23 percent of kids questioned said they talk over their anxiety with their parents.