PARENTS are being given advice by Calderdale Council on how to help children cope with stress.
The council's acting principal educational psychologist Min O'Hara has produced a booklet for parents called Staying Calm When Your Kids Are Stressed Out.
It offers advice to parents on how to spot signs of stress in their children.
The booklet also offers eight general rules to help parents support children through difficult events.
Mr O'Hara said children get stressed when changes are forced upon them or simply because adults around them seem worried.
He said: "Children pick up on the fears and anxieties of adults. Many are worried only because parents seem to be worried about something.
"The intention of this booklet is to make sure parents can stay calm so they can help their children cope with major life events."
Mr O'Hara produced the booklet after carrying out a survey of 100 children aged 10 and 11 years in five different Calderdale primary schools.
Researchers wanted to discover what children worried about most.
Among listed worries, a third were most concerned about a loved one dying.
Around 23% were worried about a family member going to hospital.
Having to take a trip to hospital themselves and parents leaving home were joint third in the list of fears, both scoring 10%.
Starting school and changing teachers in the middle of the year ranked joint fourth in the list, both receiving 6% of children's votes.
Other worries included the arrival of a new sibling, changing school, a new parent joining the family, going into care or living with a different family.
Mr O'Hara said: "There is an assumption that issues like bullying or SAT tests are the things which most worry children. But we decided to find out from children themselves."
There are 3,000 of Mr O'Hara's booklets being distributed to parents through schools and libraries.
Calderdale Council Cabinet member for schools and children's services, Ann McAllister, welcomed to booklets.
She said: "Often when children are worried they try to keep things to themselves. The only clue a parent may have is when their pattern of behaviour changes."