New research suggests Canadians have a distorted view when it comes to the well-being of the country’s children.
The latest poll from Children First Canada, to be released Wednesday as part of National Child Day, suggests 71 per cent of Canadians believe Canada ranks within the top 10 among wealthy nations when it comes to children’s well-being, when in reality, a global index from UNICEF ranked Canada 25th.
After being told of Canada’s standing when it comes to children’s well-being, 91 per cent of respondents said they believe improving a child’s well-being should be a high priority, with 4 in 10 indicating it should be of very high priority.
The respondents also noted they believe mental health (48 per cent), bullying/cyberbullying (34 per cent) and health/obesity (32 per cent) to be the top issues affecting children today. These issues align with the Children First Canada’s report on the Top 10 threats to Canadian kids from earlier this year.