What professions inspire them? What are their concerns for the future? Let’s first summarize in a few figures:
Children consider the following professions essential to our society: doctor (55%), teacher (54%), veterinarian (51%) and policeman (47%). For 51% of them, being an astronaut is a heroic profession, with two of the main projected values corresponding to protecting the world and helping others. On the first step of the podium, the profession of firefighter is the heroic profession par excellence, with a plebiscite of 66% among the boys questioned.
Furthermore, the values around friendship are reassuring: 31% think that having a friend serves to help and support each other.
Finally, sensitive to environmental issues, 68% of children say they sort packaging and paper for recycling.
How do children view the heroic professions of everyday life?
From an early age, children reproduce the world and the adults around them. A basis for learning, the imitation game allows children to project themselves into the future, into the world of adults and into the society of tomorrow. Every child enjoys reproducing the crafts of adults … Some crafts are more stimulating for them. In fact, 66% of young French people consider firefighters to be everyday heroes or extraordinary people and 51% think the same for astronauts. For 40% of children, playing firefighter, teacher, doctor or policeman allows them to imagine helping others. A reassuring form of altruism that leads 35% of them to want to save the world by projecting themselves into these professions.
Children already have strong ideas when it comes to discussing the qualities needed for certain professions. Intelligence (61% for doctors and 69% for teachers) and kindness (52% for doctors and 72% for teachers) are mostly associated with health and education professions where it is appropriate to take care of and take care of other; while courage (83% for firefighters and 73% for police officers) predominates in security jobs.
The environment: children’s number one concern for the future
The environment is a major concern for children aged 6 to 10 surveyed for this study. Conservation of natural resources, waste management, the protection of endangered animals and global warming are all issues they wish to defend and preserve for their future. Therefore, 68% select packaging and paper for recycling, 63% turn off the light when they leave a room, 62% avoid littering in rivers to prevent it from ending up in the sea, and 60% stop making running water when brushing their teeth.
Friendship, a very important value in the “ecosystem” of children
At the age of 9-10, 14% of children begin to value inclusive values such as disability and gender equality. The equality between the two sexes remains an issue of secondary importance for children, placed on the same level of the perception and integration of the disability that they hide (through naivety, embarrassment or lack of awareness) if they are not confronted directly.
What predominates at this age is friendship: a very important human value in their “ecosystem”. 50% believe that a friend is made above all to play together, and 31% think it serves to help and support each other. Regardless of age and gender, friends mostly allow them to laugh (59%) and have fun in activities that seem most interesting (48%). We note that 70% of children prefer to play together, with brothers and sisters or with friends.
A study that confirms LEGO in its choices and commitments regarding, in particular, the City and Friends lines in which inclusion, values and protection of nature are more present than ever.