Children's Awareness Of Their Rights

Perceptions of their own level of information
Indigenous children in the city of Riobamba, Ecuador.

More than 6 out of 10 respondents say they are very well or somewhat informed with respect to children's rights. However, the feeling of being less informed (in possession of little or no information) is greater among:

  • Rural inhabitants
  • Black or indigenous races (versus white/mixed blood races)
  • Adolescents as opposed to young children
  • Males relative to females
  • Among lower socio-economic levels, with a direct correlation between lower socio-economic status and feelings of being uninformed
  • Children who work.

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Spontaneous mention of child rights
Two friends complete their referendum forms in Guadalajara, Mexico, as part of a National Children's Consultation.

The quality of feeling informed does not by itself necessarily signify that they are fully aware of their rights. The spontaneous mentioning of specific child rights gives further indication of a broad awareness.

The right to an education is the most frequently mentioned right (56%), followed by the right not to be maltreated (29%). The only significant difference among the cross comparison variables is that geographically, the right not to be maltreated is mentioned in higher proportion in Central America (41%) and Mexico (34%) than other zones. The remainder of rights spontaneously mentioned ranged between 6% and 23%.

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About the poll
Children's awareness of their rights
Physical, mental and spiritual health
Violence at home
Access to information
Well-being and development