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Vivian Wong

Hong Kong children are surprisingly well aware of political issues in Hong Kong, according to a latest survey.

A majority felt Tiananmen Square massacre was the country's most significant event, the survey showed.

Four per cent of children questioned were also worried about the current economic crisis which has savaged Asian economies.

The results also showed a growing awareness of Hong Kong's political problems and current issues.

The survey also showed Hong Kong children were keen on spending most of their spare time watching television programmes.

When asked what activity they would like to do more, 35 per cent said they would like to watch more television.

The latest thing that boys in Hong Kong were doing according to the survey was 'playing electronic games'.

The girls were still 'watching Titanic', the survey showed.

Surprisingly, Hong Kong students felt that the best and the worst thing about their lives right now weretheir academic results.

Nearly 50 per cent read a newspaper daily, while 67 per cent read school books or comics in their free time.

The 'pester power' section in the survey measured the influence children had over their parents' shopping decisions and the study showed in most cases Hong Kong children had an influence of more than 40 per cent, even when persuading parents to buy expensive items such as computers.