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Would you like to be a kid today?

28 June
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Michael Grose

I ask parents in parenting seminars ( )whether they’d like to be a kid today?

Sadly most people say that they are glad that they are not growing up today.

Most people recognize that kids today don’t have the same freedoms that they had as kids. In fact, today’s kids live with a type of pressure that few us experienced when we were growing up.

Childhood today is serious business- for kids, for parents and for the vast number of commercial ventures cashing in on the early childhood movement.

It’s great that we have so many resources available for children but we need to be careful that we don’t organise the life, spontaneity and fun out of childhood.

I can’t help but feel sorry for many young children as they are dutifully driven from one organised education session to the next.

Children are structured, timetabled and organised by adults.

They don’t enjoy the same free range childhood of past generations nor do they experience the same risks.

Childhood, despite the media concerns, is safer than ever. But is it better and in children’s long-term interests to grow up in a risk-adverse environment?

The removal of risk goes against the notion that many children are heuristic learners who learn from experience rather than heeding well-intentioned advice.

Children will learn little about predicting risk and may even become reckless if all the dangers have been removed from the environment.

While it would be an insensitive person to be flippant about children being hurt or injured, we need to be careful that we don’t do children a disservice by eliminating all risk and, inadvertently putting them at further risk in the process.

What do you think? Are today’s parents too safety conscious concerning our kids? Go to my poll at Comment:
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