A ban on divorce is what most children would introduce if they ruled the world, according to a poll.
By Alastair Jamieson
Published: 8:52PM GMT 14 Dec 2008
Marital splits were also named the second-worst thing in the world in the survey of under-10s, behind being fat.
The annual survey of 1,600 youngsters found X Factor judge Simon Cowell was more famous than God or Her Majesty the Queen and that the very best things in the world are ‘good looks’.
Asked what rules they would make if they were king or queen of the world, most children replied they would ban divorce – the first time it has come at the top of the list.
Bullying would also be banned and has risen to the number two slot from number three last year and number five the year before.
Around two thirds of the children who took part said they were happy, but 27 per cent were not and a further seven per cent were unsure.
Over 80 per cent of the children questioned thought they would probably marry when they grow up although 17 per cent gave a definite “no” on the subject.
Sixty six per cent wanted to have children, with most of them stopping at one or two. Nearly one third were unsure about becoming parents.
Saturday remains the best day of the week for most, because there is no school and they can stay up late to watch television.
Nearly all of those surveyed had a best friend who was kind, but many said they were in love – the number two reason for having a best friend this year, rising from number five last year and seven the year before.
Being fat topped the list of worst things in the world, rising from number three last year. It was number nine in 2006, but was not featured in the 2005 list.
The nationwide research was carried out by Luton First, sponsors and organisers of the fourth annual National Kids’ Day.
Patricia Murchie, of Luton First, said: “It seems clear that many pre-teens are more concerned than ever with their looks and weight – possibly reflecting media images of glamour, and new educational initiatives in nutrition and healthy eating.”
She said: “This particular age group has some very clear ideas on how the world could be changed for the better, but are very rarely given the opportunity to express them.”