All families in OECD countries today are aware that childhood is being reshaped by forces whose mainspring is not necessarily the best interests of the child. At the same time, a wide public in the OECD countries is becoming ever more aware that many of the corrosive social problems affecting the quality of life have their genesis in the changing ecology of childhood. Many therefore feel that it is time to attempt to re-gain a degree of understanding, control and direction over what is happening to our children in their most vital, vulnerable years.
Here is a report by UNICEF, a comprehensive assessment of the lives and well-being of children and adolescents in the economically advanced nations. One of the most interesting aspects of this report, is that it includes the perception children themselves have about their life. Top 5 countries where children feel good: Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Austria and Ireland. Top 5 countries (excluding USA) where children feel miserable: England, Poland, France, Czech Republic and Belgium.