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Last Updated: Thursday December 06 2007 13:42 GMT

How do you feel about your life?


It's Newsround's 35th birthday so we thought we'd find out exactly what kids think about life in 2007.

And our survey found that most of you are happy with your lives, yourselves, and think you're getting a better deal than your parents did when they were young.

So we want to hear exactly what the good things are about being a kid in 2007.

And, of course, what isn't good from your point of view?

School stuff, family life, friendships and falling outs, gadgets and gizmos: email us with you thoughts.

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Your comments

"I live with just my mummy and I love my life. My mummy works and does all good things for me."

Shanice, 6, London, England

"I like my life cos coming up to Christmas, and the rest of the year, I get lots of things that I want. What I don't like is being ignored because I'm not obsessed with hair, clothes and make-up. Also because I listen to different music and dress differently I can be ignored sometimes. Still, I like life."

Laura, 12, London, England

"I'd say I'm happy with the way Britain is at the moment! But years ago they never had as much as we have here now. So I'm quite happy because I've got nice parents, friends and better food. It's also safer."

Stephanie, 9, Stirling, Scotland

"My life is going better than it has before. I've finally settled in at my new school and I've made some friends. I do feel guilty that I've left my old friends. We're getting way too much homework, sometimes I think I'm going to sink under."

Gerald, 12, London, England

"I hate life these days. What happened to honour and valour? Aside from all that, the adults wrap us so much in cotton wool that soon we will suffocate."

Colette, 13, Bushey, England

"I really like living here but the only problem is there's still a lot of fighting in Northern Ireland. People just ignore what's going on even though it's really scary. You still can't get away very well with having friends of another religion. But I'd prefer to live here than anywhere else in the world because it's my home and I love it!"

Fionnuala-Mairead, 13, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"My life is great. The only bad thing is bullies. I have been bullied lots but it's what makes you stronger. So even that is OK in the end, even if it feels awful at the time. I think life is much better than our parents' because there weren't cures for some illnesses, but now lots of diseases can be identified and cured."

Catriona, 12, Cheshire, England

"Life is lucky. I cannot whine about the life I lead because there are others who are less fortunate who would love to lead my life. I think myself lucky to go to school and love it. Most kids in Britain won't admit it, but they know they're leading a great life and others are not."

Emma, 9, Staffordshire, England

"I like my life but I am a bit worried about climate change, poverty and murder!"

Louise, 11, Lancaster, England

"I feel happy about my life, even though my parents are divorced."

Bethany, 9, Sale, England

"I think that we have better, easier lives than our parents. However, we are more stressed than our parents because there are more dangerous people on the streets."

Jacob, 9, London, England

"I think my life is a bit hard because I am a shy girl. Also, I had an asthma attack three years ago and still have asthma."

Elsie, 8, West Sussex

"I love my life because I live in the country and life is great. I do wish it was a bit more convenient."

Jack, 13, Hereford, England

"I don't like life sometimes. I am so happy when I am at school, but I get sad because I have no friends. I am sad when I can't go out to play football because I am in a wheelchair."

Mat, 12, Medway, England

"My family can't go anywhere because our parents both work. I feel shut out from the world and I'm really shy."

James, 13, Staffordshire, England

"My life at the moment is action-packed. Moving up in to year six is a big challenge for me and I love all the new challenges."

Isabelle, 10, London, England

"My life's good. I don't like little things like having to go to bed before my friends and doing homework before I watch telly or go on the computer. But I do get a lift to and from school, which my parents didn't get. They had to cycle then get the bus, which I would hate to do! I like my school because I'm doing well, but I'm a little bit nervous about having to choose my GCSEs just after Christmas!"

Alice, 13, Chester, England

"There are good things about being a kid in 2007, like friends and kinder teachers. There are also bad things, like in some places if you don't have the latest thing, like a bag, it is taken really seriously with some people,"

Amy, 11, Trafford, England

"I like my life and think it is really fun. Although I think I have no friends, I do, I just don't know it. I think my parents had a worse life than me because they did not have the things we have today. I think school is fun because in the future I know I will have a good job if I pay attention. I'm really happy the way I am."

Henry, 10, Newton, England

"I like my life because my parents have not broken up and they get on together. I go to a good school where there are nice children and my family always give presents at special times. I have a great life!"

Nia, 11, Swansea, Wales

"My life is superb! Even though my parents have split up, I've got great family, friends and a really nice boyfriend who thinks the world of me! Also, I'm not living life in poverty or being abused. I have my own computer and a mobile phone which is way more than most children have! I wish everyone was lucky like me."

Chloe, 12, Cornwall, England

"I'm really happy! I have a great school and I am one of the top pupils. I have moved house but not moved schools."

Marnie, 9, Leicester, England

"I like going to the cinema and I like going to Ireland."

Archie, 6, Tunbridge Wells, England

"I am happy with my family because they take care of me. I am a bit sad for people that have nobody to look after them."

Salma, 8, Chiswick, England

"I have a brilliant life. My family are great, my school is great and my life is great! But my dad had a brill life, when he was younger he could go out and play anytime but we are only allowed to go out sometimes."

Rebecca, 9, Canvey Island, England

"I love being a British kid! I'd much rather be a teen now than be one 100 or 200 years ago! After all, back then almost EVERYONE believed in God, we were deprived of technology and kids as young as four had to work! Nowadays life is much better, except for terrorist bombers and the government."

Madi, 13, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Wales

"My life is OK because I have got through my mum and dad getting divorced. Now I have lots of people to give me presents for Christmas and my birthday."

Kayleigh, 11, Guernsey, Channel Islands

"I think that everyone here is saying the same type of thing and I don't agree with it! I think that our parents had a better childhood because they had real fun and real lessons in life. Compared to theirs, our lives are insignificant and boring. I am unhappy with my life for those reasons and more. I think some people may agree with me...or not."

Naomi, 12, Bournemouth, England

"I like my life because my parents are nice and we go out everywhere."

Josh, 10, London, England

"I love my life. Sure there's some difficult times and such, but you're put on this earth once, so you've got to be happy with it and make the best of it."

Tasha, 11, Sherborne, England

"I have a very good life but I think our parents had a better childhood as there weren't so many murderers and people like that around."

Mairi, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"Well it's OK, but I'm worried about climate change and what will happen in outer space."

Tommy, 11, London, England

"My life is good. Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and think I'm a bit too fat or I hate my hair, but otherwise I am happy. I have a great family and when things go wrong I can always count on them. I look at life positively and think that good comes out of everything - you just have to wait for it."

Lizzie, 11, UK

"I'm not happy - my family are going through a divorce!"

Anonymous , 12, Hereford, England

"I have a really good life compared to other places, and our schools here are really good. However, I go to one of the top schools and I'm always really stressed out & tired because you have to work really hard!!"

Aoife, 12, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I am happy with the way I am and I would not want to change because I have a family who love me."

Alex, 10, Staffordshire, England

"I like my life because it's really enjoyable and you don't know what's going to happen.."

Noori, 12, Portsmouth, England

"I am happy with my life. I think life is really exciting and you should enjoy it to the full."

Zoe, 13, Portsmouth, England

"I like my family so much, they really take care of me and I wish everyone to have a well Christmas with their family."

Hazel, 12, Turkey

"Twenty out of twenty-four from our class are happy with their lives. Most of us think our lives are better than our parents' lives when they were young. Technology has made our lives more exciting. We spend most of our time outside and we love things like biking, gossiping with our friends and going to youth clubs. One or two of us aren't happy with ourselves because lots of us would like to do better in school. We are worried about our parents falling out, it makes us feel miserable. On the whole, we are a happy bunch of kids!"

YGG Bodringallt, Year 6, Rhondda, Wales

"I love my life. Sure there are going to be bad things, but to get through life you need the bad to make you stronger."

Shahnaz, 12, Wolverhampton, England

"The good thing about being a kid is that you can run around and have fun. The bad thing is that you have to go to school."

Leah, 10, Manchester, England

"That's a lie that we are growing up happier than our parents did. They didn't have to lock their doors, they could play footy in the park and all that. Now we can be mugged or stabbed. It is wrong that we are happier than them because my dad said the sixties and seventies were the times."

Daniel, 10, London, England

"I think that life is good in 2007 because we have lots of gadgets and hi-tech toys but also bad because there are terrorist bombers."

David, 10, Leicester, England

"I love my life, my school, friends and family. I couldn't ask for a better life to be honest."

Polly, 13, Cambridge, England

"I like my life because I have a really good family and we go out to really good places."

Matthew, 11, St Albans, England