Taking away their childhood

Posted: May 29, 2008 in Our children

‘Cotton wool kids’ losing basic skills

news.com.au

PANICKY parents are breeding a generation of “cotton wool kids” too afraid to climb trees or ride their bikes, NSW’s most senior child guardian has warned.

Mums and dads are so fixated on keeping their children safe that children are growing into nervous adults without acquiring basic survival skills along the way.

NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People Gillian Calvert has cautioned that alarm over stranger danger and traffic means that today’s children are missing out on simple pleasures.

“Over the past 10 years we have seen a real reduction in the range at which children can leave their family home and move freely,” Ms Calvert told The Saturday Daily Telegraph.

“Kids tell us they can’t ride their bikes around streets any more.”

The simple joys of childhood such as bike riding, climbing trees and even just crossing the road are basic skills that are in danger of being entirely lost.

And doctors report that robbing kids of their freedom is pushing up rates of anxiety disorders in even the very young, while reducing play is denying children motor skills. (more…)

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Video games don’t help, either.

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