By Clare Blumer
It is well known that parents spend a lot of time worrying about their children’s future, but do they know their children are worrying too?
ABC’s current affairs program for kids Behind the News has surveyed 20,000 Australian children to find out what makes them happy and sad.
What they’re worried about is surprisingly similar to what adults worry about.
"Just like adults, children have worries and fears, and they also have times when they feel okay and times when they feel happy," says child psychologist Kirrilie Smout.
"If we understand that rather than having this idea that childhood is all ice creams and butterflies then we're in a better place to actually help children cope with the negative experiences and the negative emotions they do have."
Research shows parents underestimate how worried kids are about a number of life issues, Ms Smout says, with the survey finding 43 per cent of the children were worried about their future most or all the time.
"This is partly because children don't show worry in the same way that adults do," she explains. "Children will often bounce around looking happy and engaged in what they're doing but they're not as good at using words to talk about their worries."
Although children are turning to their parents more than anyone else when they need help, nearly one in five kids said they didn't tell anyone when they were feeling worried.