Singing and playing a musical instrument is a major aspect for children to learn. Sport is popular and most boys and girls tend to favour playing soccer. The second most favoured sport for girls is horse riding, and for boys it is floorball, then swimming comes next and ice hockey. Generally all children are active in some sport.
Internet browsing begins at a young age for Swedes, by the age of four;half of all Swedishfour year olds have been on the internet. Browsing the internet and watching TV are common pastimes for children. Young children tend to do more online games, while older children tend to participate in more social media forums.
Famous Swedish children literature has characters that inspire children to be independent and in Swedish culture the youth are supported in thinking for themselves and asking questions. Swedish produced films targeted for the youth vary from light humorous story lines to heavy thought provoking story lines.
To support the youth in being entrepreneurs, the Swedish Society of Engineers began Finn upp in 1979. Finn upp is about promoting children from grades 6 to 9 to invent things to help them learn. A competition is held every three years.
A variety of organisations have been set up to support the rights of children in Sweden. BRIS (Children’s Rights in Society) offers telephone helplines, chats and email counselling.
Parents tend to usually have one or two children. Over 90% of fathers work and over 80% of mothers work. However parents are given a generous paternal leave, compared to some other countries.