Studies, bullying and future job prospects Spanish kids’ top concerns

ANA CARMONA: Mojacar FaXtor entrant seen with her granddaughter is currently in Almeria hospital Photo credit: Carol Newton

SCHOOL and studies, bullying and their future job prospects top the list of concerns for Spanish youngsters, a new report reveals.

The University of Seville and UNICEF study of what is on 11 to 18 year olds minds showed that the environment and gender inequality are also matters which worry children and teenagers.

Relationships with friends and family are what make them the happiest, the 9,000 youngsters taking part in the study said, followed by material things, physical appearance or using social media and the internet.

Their hobbies and having free time, especially at the weekend, are also important to their well-being, they commented, although one in five reported that over the previous seven days they had not had enough hours to do what they wanted to do in their free time.

More than 80 per cent of those interviewed said that over the previous week they had always or nearly always had fun with their friends, and 76 per cent said their parents had treated them fairly. Less than half said they had had a good week at school.

In terms of the institutions which youngsters respect, the 11-18 year olds tend to have a positive view of the fields of science and education. They also rank NGOs and the state security forces quite highly.

They have little trust in politicians and the central government, but slightly more faith in local authorities.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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