Research from aquatics company, Tetra, has found that children in pet-owning households\u00a0perform better in school, meeting or exceeding teacher\u2019s expectations by almost 10 percent vs children without any pets. \r\n\r\n51 percent of the pet owning parents surveyed believed that keeping fish had a calming effect on their child. 55 percent thought owning a fish taught responsibility and 19 percent felt it helped the development of social skills.\r\n\r\n58 percent of children between three and 14 were worried about going to school.\u00a0The research claimed that the most common age for stress in children was nine to 11. However, 33 percent of parents felt that spending time with a pet helped their nine to 11 year old calm down.\r\n\r\nDr Angharad Rudkin, child psychologist and Tetra spokesperson said: \u201cIt\u2019s concerning to hear that children as young as three are suffering from stress and it\u2019s not surprising this peaks as they reach year six when the pressure of secondary school looms. Keeping fish is a great and safe introduction into the world of pets for young children helping to teach important, transferable skills that will benefit them throughout school and into adult life. \r\n\r\n\u201cNot only are different species fascinating to watch but they also provide the perfect opportunity for children to learn about various types and their behaviour. Introducing a pet to the family helps development in young children and creates a calming atmosphere in the home, benefiting the entire family.\u201d\r\n\r\nTetra and OnePoll, surveyed 1,000 parents of three-14 year olds (men and women) in the UK.\u00a0For more information about Tetra, visit http:\/\/www.tetra.net\/en.