In a media-saturated world, children nowadays worry about things that we didn’t have to – like the state of our precious planet and pollution.
LiveScience reported on several studies done recently, which reveal that children are definitely not worry-free and deal with many more ominous issues.
In a study done by the environmental organization, Opinion Research for Habitat Heroes, 500 children ages 6-11 were polled and revealed that their top concern these days is whether or not our planet will be a good place to be in the years to come. Of the kids, one in three worried that Earth would not exist when they grew up. An overwhelming 56% did not feel Earth will be a good place to live when they grow up.
Interestingly, minority children worried even more about large scale issues -- with 34% of black children being concerned about air and water pollution, versus 27% of white children. Of Hispanic children, 30% also feared these environmental issues.
LiveScience included several other recent studies done on children’s concerns – and the overall consensus seems to be that children currently worry about much larger-scale issues – from their parents’ marriages to global warming. In contrast, they reported on a study done in 1999 by Ohio State University– where boys’ biggest concerns were snakes and theme park rides and girls feared thunderstorms.
Learn more here: http://www.livescience.com/culture/090422-ruining-childhood.html