Thursday 27 Nov 2014
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CBBC's Newsround today unveiled the findings of an exclusive survey commissioned to discover what life is like for children in 2009.
The survey, conducted by ChildWise on behalf of Newsround, interviewed 1,000 children in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales aged 6 to 12.
It explores the key elements of children's lives including family life, education, money, hopes and fears, the wider world and the future.
The survey follows on from similar research conducted in 2007.
The impact of the credit crunch and concerns about crime are prevailing outtakes from this year's survey, however children's sense of personal worth and wellbeing remain strong, and the majority describe themselves as happy.
It is part of CBBC Newsround's commitment to make key issues of the day relevant and easily understandable for kids.
Sinead Rocks, Editor, Newsround said: "Throughout its 37-year history, Newsround has always prided itself on its close relationship with its audience. This survey brings us even closer to understanding what it's like to be a child in the UK today - their worries, fears, hopes and aspirations."
61% of children surveyed feel they have been affected by the credit crunch.
41% say that their parents worry about money, up from 30% in 2007.
15% say that their parents worry about their jobs, up from 9% in 2007.
More than a quarter (27%) know someone who has lost their job.
86% would be willing to give something up to help.
The survey suggests that children think the scariest place to be is in the dark, but one in five feel least safe in the streets, up from one in eight in 2007.
Children are most afraid of being bullied (15%) or getting stabbed or shot (12%).
One in four children are sometimes worried enough to avoid going out alone, and 15% would hide their valuables.
At its most extreme, 5% sometimes don't go to school because of their concerns, and 2% carry a weapon for protection.
62% are worried about crime, 27% terrorism, but both are down compared with 2007 (67%, 37%).
Children are spending more time with their parents with four in five spending at least three hours a day together compared with 69% in 2007.
The majority of children eat together as a family at least once a week (89%).
This year sees an increase in the number living with both mum and dad (68%, up from 65% in 2007) and also those with siblings (84%, up from 80% in 2007).
10% never eat together as a family, down from 13% in 2007.
87% would turn first to mum or dad.
Two in three agree on the importance of good exam results, but one in four think there's too much pressure to do well.
More than half are distracted by badly behaved children at school.
Issues such as broken furniture or buildings in disrepair are far less of a concern.
Bullying peaks for those aged 9 to 10, with one in three bullied at school.
One in 10 say that their teachers are sometimes attacked or bullied.
Almost all (94%) from age nine upwards use the internet at home.
By age 10, they know more about the internet than mum, but dad is not outclassed until they reach secondary school.
Almost one in four think strangers, paedophiles and cyber bullies are the main danger on the internet.
A quarter of children would rather play online than outside, but only a handful prefer online chat - unchanged from 2007.
Best thing about the internet are the games, finding out different kinds of information, and chatting to friends.
Most describe themselves as happy (79%), with just under half saying that they are funny, clever, or sensible.
This year more consider themselves to be sensible (41%, up from 37% in 2007) and confident (37%, up from 34% in 2007) – and also loud (35%, up from 31% in 2007), while fewer claim to be silly (21%, down from 25% in 2007).
4% have only negative perceptions of themselves.
Fewer boys want to become footballers (20%, down from 26% in 2007) and fewer girls want to be popstars (5%, down from 9% in 2007) and celebrities (6%, down from 7% in 2007).
Children disapprove of those who commit crimes, take drugs, or smoke – Amy Winehouse (3%), Britney Spears and Russell Brand (1% each) are singled out for disapproval.
Girls are least satisfied with the way they are, to a greater extent than in 2007, but most children like the way they are.
Most changes are cosmetic – changing their hair (10%), getting rid of their spots (4%). 5% say they want to be thinner.
One in five children speak a language other than English, mostly a language learnt at school. 4% speak a language other than English at home.
One in three children know a child with a disability, most often someone at their school.
Most think that their childhood is better than their parents' (75%).
They hope for better jobs and more money, plus better education, compared with their parents' generation.
The wider world
Crime (21%), the credit crunch (20%) and terrorism (20%) top the list of topics that they are fed up with hearing about, while others have heard more than enough about celebrities (12%).
Almost half think that Britain is a great place to live.
Two thirds of all children recognise Gordon Brown by name, half recognise George Bush and Barack Obama, while one in five recognise David Cameron by name, and only a handful know who he is.
Barack Obama has made a significant impact on these children – four in 10 know that he's the (new) US President, with many referring to the fact that he is the first black president.
If they were Prime Minister for a day, their priorities would be to cut the amount of time spent at school (11%); stop poverty (6%); crime, pollution, protect animals from cruelty (4% each); and tackle the recession in some way, creating more jobs, cutting prices (3% each).
Younger children are most excited about birthdays, Christmas, and other special events.
Older children tend to look forward to getting a job, earning money, and learning to drive.
When they grow up, boys still want to be footballers (20%), but the Police (9%), Fire Service (5%), and Armed Forces (5%) are all more popular this year, while engineer (3%) and teacher (3%) also enter the top 10 for boys.
Girls want to be teachers (15%), hairdressers (13%), vets (10%), or nurses (8%). Fewer want to be popstars this year (5%, down from 9% in 2007), but the number of would-be artists and fashion designers has increased from 3% to 6%. New entry in tenth place for girls is to be a mum (2%).
Parents & family
The wider world
Parents & family
The wider world
Parents & family
The wider world
The survey will feature on CBBC's Newsround throughout the week commencing Monday 20 April 2009 and on the CBBC iPlayer.
Newsround has been dedicated to bringing children the news for more than 37 years, making the important issues of the day relevant and easily understandable for kids.
Television's only daily current affairs programme specifically made for young people has recently been given a relaunch with a brand new look and two new presenters for a new generation of children.
Newsround continues to make one-off specials which cover difficult subjects, such as recent reports on bereavement, knife crime and divorce, in a sensitive and accessible way.
Presented by Ore Oduba and Sonali Shah live from BBC Television Centre in London, Newsround now has a news bureau in Manchester, bringing all the latest news from the nations and regions to uniquely deliver world-class journalism exclusively for children and young people across the UK.
As well as delivering up-to-the-minute news, Newsround's website also encourages children to share their own views and engage in debates by joining chats on the message boards, voting on the issues that matter to them, pitting their wits in a choice of quizzes, and watching the amazing press pack reports made by other Newsround viewers.
ChildWise is an independent market research agency specialising in research with children for over 20 years. The company carries out surveys for a wide range of organisations, including government, charities, and commercial companies.
Their work is governed by the Market Research Society Code of Conduct, and conforms to strict standards when working with children.
The research method
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