Children cite respect as key ingredient to an ideal world

Children and young people share the prime minister’s
desire to develop a culture of respect, and would also like to see
tighter rules around smoking, drugs and alcohol, research published
this week finds.

A survey of 2,000 4- to 14-year-olds by the children’s
charity 4Children reveals that, in order to create their ideal
worlds, 84 % would make everyone respect each other.

A similar proportion think life would be improved by stopping
people from smoking, and almost one in 10 believes banning alcohol
and drugs would help.

Only a quarter of young people argue that letting everyone do what
they want is the way forward.

4Children chief executive Anne Longfield said that, in contrast to
the negative coverage young people often received in the national
media, the survey showed that young people took respect for others
and the environment seriously.

The same survey, released to launch Shout Out 4Children Week to put
children’s views in the spotlight, identifies Jesus as the
number one superhero among children and young people, with Florence
Nightingale, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney nudging Tony Blair back
into fifth place.

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