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Child of the New Century questionnaire
About the Child of the New Century...
The Child of the New Century is exploring what it is like to grow up in the 21st century by following around 19,000 children born in the UK in 2000/2001, and their families. Your 5-year old brother or sister is one of the children included in this study. He or she has been asked to do some measurements with the interviewer, who has also talked to your parents. We are also interested in you. We'd like to complete the picture of your family by asking you some questions of your own.These are designed for people aged 10-15 which is why you have been asked to do this. If there are more than two 10-15 year olds in your family, you have been selected by chance by the computer.
You may have filled in a booklet like this last time we visited your family. Although the questions are pretty much the same, we are asking you to answer them again so that we can learn how your life has changed over two years. If you didn't answer them before we are still very interested in what you are able to tell us.
Tell me about yourself...
Please tell us about yourself by answering the questions in this booklet. The questions are about things that happen at school, at home and at other times, your health and your views about the area where you live.Your answers will help us to learn more about the kinds of things that people your age do and what you think about your life.
We are interested in your honest answers and we will not tell anyone what your answers are in a way that would identify you. The questions should take about 10-15 minutes to answer and you can answer them at a time that suits you.
Your parent has given the interviewer permission to give this questionnaire to you, but it is completely up to you whether or not you answer the questions in this booklet. If you do want to, please read the instructions over the page which tell you what to do.You can miss out any question that you don't want to or can't answer. If you don't want to answer any of the questions, then you can give the questionnaire back to the interviewer, post it back in the envelope provided, or simply throw it away.
If you have any questions about the study or the questions in the booklet, please ask the interviewer, your parent or call the study team on Freephone 0800 783 5890.
Thank you very much for reading this.

Name:

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A Your spare time
Tick one box on each line

Do you sometimes go to sports classes or sports clubs that are not connected to your school to do sport, gymnastics, swimming, martial arts, horse riding, chess and so on?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you sometimes go to Cubs, Brownies, Scouts or Guides, or Boys/Girls Brigades, or Woodcraft Folk?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you sometimes go to dance classes of any kind outside school?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you sometimes go to classes outside school to do drawing, painting, making pots or anything like that?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you sometimes have any music lessons, or sing in a choir or group outside school?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you sometimes go to any clubs connected with the Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you sometimes go to First Aid classes or classes run by St. John Ambulance or the Red Cross?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you sometimes go to the local playcentre or adventure playground?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you sometimes go to the local youth club?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you sometimes use the local public library?

1
Yes
2
No

During school holidays, do you sometimes go to a local summer holiday or play scheme?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you do any work for money after school on school days?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you do any work for money at weekends?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you do any work for money during the school holidays?

1
Yes
2
No

Have you ever been on your own to a drop-in centre or play worker to talk over any problems you might have had?

1
Yes
2
No
B Extra activities run by your school
Tick one box on each line

Do you sometimes go to a breakfast club before school starts?

1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school

Do you sometimes go to a homework club?

1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school

Do you sometimes go to an after school club?

1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school

Do you sometimes stay on after school to play in a sports team or to play organised games?

1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school

Do you sometimes stay on after school to play in a band or orchestra, or sing in a choir or group?

1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school
C Other classes outside school
Tick one box on each line

Do you sometimes go to classes outside school to learn a language?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you sometimes go to classes for school work at the weekend?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you have a private tutor for any school lessons?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you sometimes go to classes connected with your religion or your culture?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you do anything else outside school that you'd like to tell me about?

Please write your answer in the space provided below.

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D Your life at home
Tick one box on each line

Do your parent/s set any limits on the kinds of TV programmes you can watch?

1
Yes
2
No
3
There is no TV at home

When you go out, do you tell your parent/s where you are going?

1
Always/nearly always
2
Sometimes
3
Hardly ever
4
Never

In the last few weeks, have you been out after nine o'clock at night without your parent/s knowing where you were?

1
Yes
2
No

Who usually chooses what you eat at home?

1
I do
2
Someone else does
3
We choose together

Are your parent/s strict about making you do household chores? For example, washing up or tidying your bedroom.

1
Yes
2
No

Which statement best describes the way your parent/s check how you are doing at school?

1
They watch what I am doing very closely
2
They prefer me to be independent
E About your health
Tick one box on each line

Have you ever been to see a dentist?

1
Yes
2
No

Have you ever had to have fillings put in your teeth by a dentist?

1
Yes, more than one
2
Yes, one
3
No

Do you ever smoke cigarettes?

1
Yes
2
No
IF YOUR ANSWER IS 'YES' AT QUESTION 3:
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How many cigarettes did you smoke in the last 7 days?

Write in

How many

Do any of your friends ever smoke cannabis?

1
Yes
2
No

Have you had an alcoholic drink in the last 4 weeks? Please include a whole drink not just a sip.

1
Yes
2
No

Do any of your friends ever use drugs like ecstasy, cocaine or crack?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you think that in the next 12 months, you might be tempted to use or try out any kind of illegal drug?

1
Yes
2
No
F About school
Tick one box on each line

Do you want to leave school when you are 16, or do you plan to go on to sixth form or college?

1
Leave at 16
2
Sixth form/College
3
Don't know

How important is it to you to get good marks in your school work, exams or tests?

1
Not very important
2
Fairly important
3
Very important

Do you like most of your teachers?

1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school

Do you think your teachers are always getting at you?

1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school

Do you care what your teachers think about you?

1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school

Is it OK to break a bad school rule?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you agree or disagree that a lot of teachers like ordering pupils about just to show who's in charge?

1
Agree
2
Disagree

In the last 12 months, have you ever skipped or bunked off school?

1
Yes
2
No
G Things that may have happened to you
Tick one box on each line

In the last 12 months, has anyone stolen or tried to steal something that belonged to you, even if you got it back later?

1
Yes
2
No

In the last 12 months, has anything of yours been damaged by vandals?

1
Yes
2
No

In the last 12 months, has anyone used force against you on purpose? For example scratched, hit or kicked you so that you were physically injured, cut or bruised?

1
Yes
2
No

In the last 12 months, has anyone used a weapon like a knife against you?

1
Yes
2
No

In the last 12 months, has anyone threatened you in a way that actually frightened you?

1
Yes
2
No

In the last 12 months, has anyone bullied you in a way that frightened or upset you? Please include bullying in and out of school.

1
Yes
2
No
H Things you may have done
Tick one box on each line

Have you ever tried to avoid paying the correct fare when travelling on public transport?

1
Yes
2
No

Have you ever been noisy or rude in a public place so that people complained or got you into trouble?

1
Yes
2
No

Have you ever taken something from a shop without paying for it?

1
Yes
2
No

Have you ever bought a mobile phone that you knew or believed to be stolen?

1
Yes
2
No

Have you ever written things or sprayed paint on a building, fence or train or anywhere else where you shouldn't have?

1
Yes
2
No

Have you ever on purpose damaged anything in a public place that didn't belong to you, for example by burning, smashing or breaking things like cars, bus shelters and rubbish bins?

1
Yes
2
No

Have you ever picked on or bullied anyone? Please include bullying in and out of school.

1
Yes
2
No

Have you ever attacked, threatened or been rude to someone because of their skin colour, race or religion?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you ever carry a knife or other weapon for your own protection or in case you get into a fight?

1
Yes
2
No
I The area where you live
Tick one box on each line

Do you enjoy living in this area?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you ever worry about being robbed or mugged on the street in this area?

1
Yes
2
No

Are you ever afraid to walk alone in this area after dark?

1
Yes
2
No

Are most people in this area friendly?

1
Yes
2
No

Which things, if any, do you think would most improve this area as a place for you to live?

Please write your answer in the space provided below.

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Thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions. Please put your questionnaire in the envelope provided. If the interviewer is still in your home, give the envelope to them. If not, please post it back as soon as possible or give the envelope to your parent, and they will post it back to us. All your answers will remain confidential. Please call Freephone 0800 783 5890 if you have any queries.
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Child of the New Century questionnaire
About the Child of the New Century...
The Child of the New Century is exploring what it is like to grow up in the 21st century by following around 19,000 children born in the UK in 2000/2001, and their families. Your 5-year old brother or sister is one of the children included in this study. He or she has been asked to do some measurements with the interviewer, who has also talked to your parents. We are also interested in you. We'd like to complete the picture of your family by asking you some questions of your own.These are designed for people aged 10-15 which is why you have been asked to do this. If there are more than two 10-15 year olds in your family, you have been selected by chance by the computer.
You may have filled in a booklet like this last time we visited your family. Although the questions are pretty much the same, we are asking you to answer them again so that we can learn how your life has changed over two years. If you didn't answer them before we are still very interested in what you are able to tell us.
Tell me about yourself...
Please tell us about yourself by answering the questions in this booklet. The questions are about things that happen at school, at home and at other times, your health and your views about the area where you live.Your answers will help us to learn more about the kinds of things that people your age do and what you think about your life.
We are interested in your honest answers and we will not tell anyone what your answers are in a way that would identify you. The questions should take about 10-15 minutes to answer and you can answer them at a time that suits you.
Your parent has given the interviewer permission to give this questionnaire to you, but it is completely up to you whether or not you answer the questions in this booklet. If you do want to, please read the instructions over the page which tell you what to do.You can miss out any question that you don't want to or can't answer. If you don't want to answer any of the questions, then you can give the questionnaire back to the interviewer, post it back in the envelope provided, or simply throw it away.
If you have any questions about the study or the questions in the booklet, please ask the interviewer, your parent or call the study team on Freephone 0800 783 5890.
Thank you very much for reading this.
Name:
Generic text

A Your spare time

Tick one box on each line
Do you sometimes go to sports classes or sports clubs that are not connected to your school to do sport, gymnastics, swimming, martial arts, horse riding, chess and so on?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you sometimes go to Cubs, Brownies, Scouts or Guides, or Boys/Girls Brigades, or Woodcraft Folk?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you sometimes go to dance classes of any kind outside school?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you sometimes go to classes outside school to do drawing, painting, making pots or anything like that?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you sometimes have any music lessons, or sing in a choir or group outside school?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you sometimes go to any clubs connected with the Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you sometimes go to First Aid classes or classes run by St. John Ambulance or the Red Cross?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you sometimes go to the local playcentre or adventure playground?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you sometimes go to the local youth club?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you sometimes use the local public library?
1
Yes
2
No
During school holidays, do you sometimes go to a local summer holiday or play scheme?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you do any work for money after school on school days?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you do any work for money at weekends?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you do any work for money during the school holidays?
1
Yes
2
No
Have you ever been on your own to a drop-in centre or play worker to talk over any problems you might have had?
1
Yes
2
No

B Extra activities run by your school

Tick one box on each line
Do you sometimes go to a breakfast club before school starts?
1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school
Do you sometimes go to a homework club?
1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school
Do you sometimes go to an after school club?
1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school
Do you sometimes stay on after school to play in a sports team or to play organised games?
1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school
Do you sometimes stay on after school to play in a band or orchestra, or sing in a choir or group?
1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school

C Other classes outside school

Tick one box on each line
Do you sometimes go to classes outside school to learn a language?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you sometimes go to classes for school work at the weekend?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you have a private tutor for any school lessons?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you sometimes go to classes connected with your religion or your culture?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you do anything else outside school that you'd like to tell me about?
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D Your life at home

Tick one box on each line
Do your parent/s set any limits on the kinds of TV programmes you can watch?
1
Yes
2
No
3
There is no TV at home
When you go out, do you tell your parent/s where you are going?
1
Always/nearly always
2
Sometimes
3
Hardly ever
4
Never
In the last few weeks, have you been out after nine o'clock at night without your parent/s knowing where you were?
1
Yes
2
No
Who usually chooses what you eat at home?
1
I do
2
Someone else does
3
We choose together
Are your parent/s strict about making you do household chores? For example, washing up or tidying your bedroom.
1
Yes
2
No
Which statement best describes the way your parent/s check how you are doing at school?
1
They watch what I am doing very closely
2
They prefer me to be independent

E About your health

Tick one box on each line
Have you ever been to see a dentist?
1
Yes
2
No
Have you ever had to have fillings put in your teeth by a dentist?
1
Yes, more than one
2
Yes, one
3
No
Do you ever smoke cigarettes?
1
Yes
2
No
How many cigarettes did you smoke in the last 7 days?
How many
Do any of your friends ever smoke cannabis?
1
Yes
2
No
Have you had an alcoholic drink in the last 4 weeks? Please include a whole drink not just a sip.
1
Yes
2
No
Do any of your friends ever use drugs like ecstasy, cocaine or crack?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you think that in the next 12 months, you might be tempted to use or try out any kind of illegal drug?
1
Yes
2
No

F About school

Tick one box on each line
Do you want to leave school when you are 16, or do you plan to go on to sixth form or college?
1
Leave at 16
2
Sixth form/College
3
Don't know
How important is it to you to get good marks in your school work, exams or tests?
1
Not very important
2
Fairly important
3
Very important
Do you like most of your teachers?
1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school
Do you think your teachers are always getting at you?
1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school
Do you care what your teachers think about you?
1
Yes
2
No
3
I'm not at school
Is it OK to break a bad school rule?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you agree or disagree that a lot of teachers like ordering pupils about just to show who's in charge?
1
Agree
2
Disagree
In the last 12 months, have you ever skipped or bunked off school?
1
Yes
2
No

G Things that may have happened to you

Tick one box on each line
In the last 12 months, has anyone stolen or tried to steal something that belonged to you, even if you got it back later?
1
Yes
2
No
In the last 12 months, has anything of yours been damaged by vandals?
1
Yes
2
No
In the last 12 months, has anyone used force against you on purpose? For example scratched, hit or kicked you so that you were physically injured, cut or bruised?
1
Yes
2
No
In the last 12 months, has anyone used a weapon like a knife against you?
1
Yes
2
No
In the last 12 months, has anyone threatened you in a way that actually frightened you?
1
Yes
2
No
In the last 12 months, has anyone bullied you in a way that frightened or upset you? Please include bullying in and out of school.
1
Yes
2
No

H Things you may have done

Tick one box on each line
Have you ever tried to avoid paying the correct fare when travelling on public transport?
1
Yes
2
No
Have you ever been noisy or rude in a public place so that people complained or got you into trouble?
1
Yes
2
No
Have you ever taken something from a shop without paying for it?
1
Yes
2
No
Have you ever bought a mobile phone that you knew or believed to be stolen?
1
Yes
2
No
Have you ever written things or sprayed paint on a building, fence or train or anywhere else where you shouldn't have?
1
Yes
2
No
Have you ever on purpose damaged anything in a public place that didn't belong to you, for example by burning, smashing or breaking things like cars, bus shelters and rubbish bins?
1
Yes
2
No
Have you ever picked on or bullied anyone? Please include bullying in and out of school.
1
Yes
2
No
Have you ever attacked, threatened or been rude to someone because of their skin colour, race or religion?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you ever carry a knife or other weapon for your own protection or in case you get into a fight?
1
Yes
2
No

I The area where you live

Tick one box on each line
Do you enjoy living in this area?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you ever worry about being robbed or mugged on the street in this area?
1
Yes
2
No
Are you ever afraid to walk alone in this area after dark?
1
Yes
2
No
Are most people in this area friendly?
1
Yes
2
No
Which things, if any, do you think would most improve this area as a place for you to live?
Long text
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions. Please put your questionnaire in the envelope provided. If the interviewer is still in your home, give the envelope to them. If not, please post it back as soon as possible or give the envelope to your parent, and they will post it back to us. All your answers will remain confidential. Please call Freephone 0800 783 5890 if you have any queries.
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