Children today 'have less freedom than previous generations'
Two-thirds of under-15s are not allowed to take public transport, while a quarter are banned from sleeping over at friends' houses, research has shown. Less than half - just 43 per cent - are free to play in their local park without an adult in attendance, according to the study. Evidence of the scale of restrictions imposed by anxious parents comes amid increasing concern about "toxic childhood", with experts warning that modern society is damaging the education and health of young people. The latest study shows that parental fears of crime, bullying and road accidents are causing many children to be confined to a life of indoor supervision. Modern children are only allowed to experience traditional "rites of passage" two years later than their parents did, according to the survey of 7,000 adults and children aged five to 15. On average, children are banned from walking to school unaccompanied until the age of 11, and using public transport on their own until the age of 12. They are only permitted to babysit their younger siblings from the age of 14. Parents have made a conscious decision to "mollycoddle" their children because of concerns that Britain has become more hostile to young people over the last 40 years, the research indicates. Around 65 per cent of mothers and 63 per cent of fathers said that they believed the world is a more dangerous place now than when they were growing up. Children's charities called for the Government to do more to address parents' concerns about road safety and street muggings, warning that independent adventure was central to a child's development. Adrian Voce, director of the campaign group Play England, said: "While some fears – such as 'stranger danger' – may not be based on strong evidence, there is no doubt that the public realm is now very unfriendly to children. "For all of human history the way children have learned about the world has been to explore it. If they get everything they know from television and classrooms, they are missing out on a fundamental part of the learning experience." Margaret Morrissey, from the ParentsOutloud support group, said: "I feel terribly sorry for parents and children today as we have allowed a society to develop in which the freedom of childhood has been lost." Mike Rogers, group chief executive of insurance firm LV=, which carried out the research, said: "It's difficult for parents to know when is the right time to step back and allow children to experience things on their own, and this report shows just how much things have changed over the last generation. "Parents have a key role in helping their children to become more risk-aware and better at spotting everyday dangers in the world around them." Concerns about "toxic childhood" have grown since 110 academics wrote to the The Daily Telegraph in 2006 to complain that a lack of play space, over-exposure to electronic entertainment and the emphasis on academic testing in schools was tainting a generation of young people. Last year research from the University of California suggested that children who got dirty by playing outside enjoyed health benefits, as cleanliness can impair the skin's ability to heal itself.
Today’s children are living under more pressure from the society than children in the past. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? ________________________________________
Today’s world is in the competitive age. Everyday is alive with challenges especially among children. They compete with one another for something in the endless race every day and night. And so the life of today’s children is too hectic to enjoy fully than that of the children in the past. In this essay, I will point out why children get stress and suggest ways of allowing children to grow up in a non-stressful environment. From kindergarten to university, today’s children lives are too hectic. First and foremost,...
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