Teachers are aliens, say children
Three quarters of children believe in alien life and a third are convinced one of their teachers is an extra-terrestrial, according to a survey.
Around 90% of 16-year-olds could not name all eight planets in the solar system.
The poll of 1,000 five-to-16-year-olds, asking them what they know about space, found little difference in the knowledge of teenagers and younger children, with 95% of five-year-olds failing to name them all compared with 94% of 16-year-olds.
Around seven in 10 believed aliens would be peaceful beings, and around a fifth of 16-year-olds believed in aliens, compared with 7% who believed in Santa.
A quarter of those polled said they were eager to visit other planets and 22% cited meeting aliens as their reason to venture into outer space.
Child psychologist and TV presenter Laverne Antrobus said: "Children have many fantasies and love to escape into a world of make-believe that they can imagine for themselves. This survey reveals that believing in aliens is far more exciting than actually thinking about where they may come from."
The survey was commissioned by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to coincide with the release of the film Aliens In The Attic on DVD.