How do kids in Spain differ from their peers around the world?

Drawn from some of our studies on kids, here are insights on Spanish kids aged 6 to 11:

Kids in Spain are curious, optimistic, and eager to share their opinions. Spanish kids are more likely than their global peers to describe themselves as curious about the world (92% in Spain vs. 89% globally), always looking for the positive (90% vs. 85%), and happy to share their opinions (88% vs. 86%). They are as likely as their global peers to view themselves as confident (86% in Spain and globally).

They’re resilient and ready to work hard. Almost all Spanish kids told us they feel they can accomplish anything if they work hard enough (90% in Spain vs. 87% globally). And if they can’t achieve their goals easily, they’re more likely than their global peers to believe they can deal with whatever life throws at them (77% vs. 68%).

To relieve stress, they turn to loved ones, TV, and music. When Spanish kids want to relax, they spend time with family or friends (62% in Spain vs. 50% globally), watch TV shows (47% vs. 42%), and listen to music (44% vs. 40%).

Their parents worry about their family’s happiness, financial stability, and safety. When asked what they worry about most, Spanish parents’ top responses were keeping their children happy (90% in Spain vs. 78% globally), not having enough money (90% vs. 79%), their own parents’ health and safety (89% vs. 80%), and being safe (85% vs. 69%). 

Spanish kids feel less self-reliant than their global peers, even though their parents encourage independence. Parents in Spain are more likely than their global peers to believe they should give their child as much independence as possible (81% vs 74%). However, their kids are less likely to describe themselves as independent (72% vs. 76%).

Most of them help out at home. More than three-quarters of kids in Spain (77%) do household chores, compared with 73% globally. Looking at specific tasks, Spanish kids are far more likely to help with childcare (49% vs. 39%) than with shopping, cooking, or cleaning (32% vs. 44%).