Friday 16 October 2015
A report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on ‘a fit and healthy childhood’ encourages adults to let children engage in more risky activities. But sadly the dozens of recommendations and interventions contained within the report risk further encouraging a tick-box approach to raising children.
Friday 21 August 2015
The Children’s Society’s latest report relies on nonsense measures and meaningless stats.
Monday 4 November 2013
The anti-bullying industry has now turned its attentions to brothers and sisters.
Friday 10 May 2013
Emily Bazelon’s new book makes a powerful, eloquent case against too much adult meddling in children’s spats and scraps.
Thursday 10 January 2013
News reports claiming that TV-addicted kids risk getting cancer confirm that the scaremongers mean business in 2013. It’s time to fight back.
Thursday 24 November 2011
ESSAY: Of course extreme cases of bullying should be tackled, but let’s not pathologise normal childhood relationships.
Thursday 27 May 2010
Monday 1 March 2010
The problem with anti-bullying and anti-racist policies
Friday 26 February 2010
A brave new book challenges the introduction of anti-racist policies in British schools, arguing that they blow everyday spats out of proportion and split kids along ethnic lines.
Tuesday 4 August 2009
Adults’ fears and mistrust are the reason our youngsters can no longer enjoy free-roaming summer holidays, says Helene Guldberg in The Independent
Wednesday 29 July 2009
The latest NSPCC/ChildLine initiative on bullied children presents both adults and kids as toxic beings.
Friday 24 April 2009
In advising parents to ignore hectoring experts, Judith Rich Harris’s book still packs a punch 10 years on. But its use of evolutionary theory and social psychology to explain how people are ‘shaped’ leaves much to be desired.
Monday 2 February 2009
We should roundly reject the new UK report which argues that time-stretched parents are producing damaged children.
Monday 17 November 2008
As Britain launches another Anti-Bullying Week, the author of Reclaiming Childhood says demonising teasing can do more harm than good.
Wednesday 6 August 2008
Today is Playday, a celebration of children’s ‘right to play’ - and an ideal time to have a kickabout with the culture of fear that imprisons our kids.
Thursday 3 January 2008
The UK government says adults should chill out and let boys play with toy guns. But who made us so uptight about kids’ play in the first place?
Wednesday 14 November 2007
More experts recognise that a scraped knee can be a positive experience for a child. Let’s hope they now relax about other ‘dangers’ in kids’ lives.
Friday 24 August 2007
Many of those fretting over the state of contemporary childhood, concerned that kids are passive, cooped up and sedentary, are motivated by naked nostalgia - sometimes even by snobbery.
Monday 11 June 2007
A new report calls on parents to let their kids venture out unsupervised. That might be easier if scaremongering officials put a sock in it.
Monday 19 March 2007
When even infants are expected to achieve ‘69 early learning goals’, you know that no area of life is free from New Labour’s tyranny of targets.
Friday 17 November 2006
When officials offer parents lessons in singing nursery rhymes, it’s no wonder some are losing confidence in their abilities.