You told us what it's like being 15 in 2015


Nearly twice as many girls (19%) as boys (10%) were victims of cyberbullying last year.

That's according to the findings of a survey by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

The What About YOUth? study looked at what 120,000 15-year-olds in England had to say about things like smoking, mental health, alcohol, diet and bullying.

We asked you to tell us about your experiences.

Bullying and body image are big issues for 15-year-olds, according to new study.

Being 15 in 2015

Lots of you got in touch with videos, photos and messages that told us about what your life is like as a 15-year-old in 2015. Here's what you said in videos, notes, essays and photos.

'You can never have enough tech'

'Looked down on by the popular kids'

Notes reading: Being 15 is all about trying to find the friends that will last and won't leave. Being 15 is all about meeting expectations that can be too difficult to achieve. Being 15 is all about being constantly looked down on by the popular kids

'Killing me to be fat'

Notes reading: It's stressful about not being able to socialise with friends. Stressful not being good at sport. It's stressful not being able to mingle with people. Killing me to be fat.

'I'm often judging myself'

'Hard to be perfect'


"I help out on a farm," says Calvin.

"But in school there is a lot of stress. We have GCSEs this year and next, we have to worry about our clothes, hair, shoes, phone, all of your objects and it is hard to be perfect.

"We have got to this stage where we have to find our own way of sourcing money. Some turn to illegal things. Others, like myself, turn to waking up early to do paper rounds."

'Discovering who your real friends are'

Picture of an exam hall with the captions: Being a 15 year old girl, trying to be the very best you, discovering who your real friends are, feeling the need to look good for guys, a whole lotta responsibility, constant pressure of exams and grades.

'Two explosions'


"In my opinion, a 15-year-old's life is like two big explosions," says Liam.

"At 15 years old, you have your mock exams all the time and school life in general.

"And the second explosion is your family and friends. If things are cracking off at home then that's another explosion you have to deal with while fighting through your GCSEs."

'I should have freedom'

Notes reading: Being 15 is (so far) the most stressful year of my life, the year that I've really felt myself grow up, when I should have freedom to go out with my friends

'Wanting to do cool things'

Notes reading: Being 15 in 2015 is dramatic, school-induced stress, what to major in college, wanting sleep, homework, wanting to do cool things, but being limited in resources, trying to find time for hobbies.

'You're starting to drown'

'Trying to stay young'

Images of the Arsenal logo, love hearts and a tired face

Tea solves (almost) everything

Hand holding a cup of tea

"Tea is seemingly the only reason I manage to get through four hours of staring at paper, telling myself, 'It's OK, this is revision,' when in all honesty I'm desperately trying to distract myself with simple tasks," says Harry.

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