The first Ukraine's public poll among children establishes that 83% of respondents feel happy. The results of the survey were announced by The Children’s Ombudsman Yuri Pavlenko during the presentation of the project "Children's Rights in Ukraine: realities and challenges after 20 years of independence", ForUm correspondent reports.

The official emphasized that the highest estimations were given by respondents aged 10-13 years and children living in villages.

According to him, urbanization and the awkward age are significant factors contributing to the formation of the children’s lack of sense of happiness. "Among 16-17-year-olds, 23% do not consider themselves happy. However, the percentage of such children is only 20% among the residents of regional centers,” Pavlenko said.

Children's Ombudsman also noted that the experts were pleasantly surprised by the results of this investigation. According to him, they were especially amazed at the rates of confidence children feel to their parents and their attitude towards the police. "97% of Ukrainian children have complete trust in their parents and 8% of children reported they had received help from the law enforcement officials," Pavlenko said.

He emphasized that the analysis of these data indicates that policemen offer their help more often than children ask for it.


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