What can adults learn from children?

Children and young people have different experiences and unique perspectives to adults, and the world they are
growing up in is different to the past.

Over several months in 2021, the office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA asked children and young people to share their views on the topic: What can adults learn from children?

Almost 1,300 sent in their insightful responses. A number of themes emerged. Many children and young people want adults to listen to what they have to say and expressed their frustration in not being heard. A large number also mentioned that adults could learn from children how to be more creative and have fun.

It is important to remember that our children aren’t only the adults of the future. They have great ideas and insights that could contribute to society in the here and now.

If more adults value the contribution of children then more adults will advocate for children so it’s an important precursor to improved outcomes for kids.

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