Even if your kids are generally bored by talk of politics and elections, it's a safe bet that this year they're listening to everything the adults around them are saying.
Children's magazine Highlights recently asked kids aged 6 to 12 to share their thoughts on politics and the issues facing the country today. The magazine compiled responses from more than 2,000 kids into the report, State of the Kid (SOTK.) It showed that not only are kids listening, they are deeply concerned.
According to SOTK, 80 percent of kids said they have been talking about the election at home. Not surprisingly, that figure increased to 83 percent for the older kids surveyed. As for the issue that kids found most pressing, safety was a top concern, with 50 percent of kids citing "keeping our country safe," as the first action the new president should take. Fifteen percent of kids listed environmental concerns as a top priority, followed by 13 percent who were concerned about health care and 11 percent who wanted the new president to "help more people find jobs."
The report also found that the majority of today's kids — 65 percent — have no desire to become president themselves, citing the job as too stressful and difficult.
Dr. Sasha Ribic, a Cincinnati-based clinical psychologist who was associated with SOTK, explained, "It’s clear that stress is a major factor in why kids don’t want to be president, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise — between the negative news coverage of both current presidential decisions and the candidates, along with many negative comments from adults in their own lives, kids can easily pick up that being the president might not be the best job."
When asked what the kids wanted the president to know about being a kid today, 25 percent wanted the new chief to know that school is important to them. A further 20 percent felt the new president should understand that it's difficult and stressful to be a kid today.