Materialistic items including iPod music players, satellite TVs and trendy clothes belong in the list of ten must-have possessions that make children happy, suggest a new survey.
Not having the latest clothes makes them feel particularly unhappy, according to the survey by the Children's Society.
AdvertisementIt found that youngsters lacking two or more material items were less happy than those given everything they wanted, while those deprived of five or more 'must-haves' were five times more likely to be dissatisfied with life.
The society compared 'must-have' possessions and experiences by questioning youngsters aged between eight and 15 about the essentials of 'a normal kind of life' for someone of their age.
Pocket money scored most highly as the item that the children were most likely to be missing out on, with 22 per cent of those surveyed wanting it but not receiving it.
And 18 per cent of them want 'some money to save each month.'
Personal music players, such as iPods, took fourth place on the wish list, with 17 per cent of those polled saying they didn't have one but would like one.
This was followed by family holidays (15 per cent) and designer or brand name trainers (13 per cent).
Eight per cent of those polled wanted access to green space, 7 per cent a family car, 6 per cent the right kind of clothes to 'fit in', and 5 per cent cable or satellite TV.
But factoring in levels of wellbeing revealed that having the right clothes, cable TV, a family car and access to green space to be particularly key to happiness.
"It is not all materialistic. There is lots of stuff about wanting to spend time with their family and playing," the Daily Mail quoted a spokesman for the Children's Society as saying.