Many children are stressed out and bored by the summer holidays and believe that doing schoolwork is the main priority, according to a survey. An RTHK survey of 1,528 primary pupils last month found that about one in five pupils had less spare time for recreational activities than they do during term time. About 37 per cent said they spent about the same time resting and having fun as they did when school was on. The survey of primary schools in Shamshuipo was part of research for a new television programme When We Were Young, which is set in the district. About 37 per cent of the children said the most important thing to do during their holiday break was to finish their assigned summer homework. Shirley Loo, development director of Family Heartware a Christian organisation focusing on family issues, urged parents to give students a happy summer break. 'The most important thing is that it's happy and to have fun. Children need to recharge their batteries after a long year. They don't seem to get excited about it any more,' she said referring to the fact that about a third of pupils found the summer too long. 'About 10 per cent even said they were bored during the summer break,' she said at the launch of the television show which starts today. 'This is very depressing. They should have a break from things that are related to school such as homework. They will not enjoy their summer if it is just like being at school.' Ms Loo suggested parents organise outings for their children and let them try something new. Nearly half the pupils who answered the survey said camping and taking care of a pet were some of the things they would like to do that they had not done before. About 20 per cent said a computer was their playmate, while about 18 per cent said they spent most of their summer holidays in their bedroom. 'Why are our children highly intelligent, but lacking in interpersonal skills and the ability to control their emotions? It's because parents seldom take them on group activities like camping.' 'Summer holidays should become the memories of new experiences and adventures. Parents should not leave them in an air-conditioned room and force them to take summer study courses.'