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Children "raised in captivity" no longer "know how to fall over" - January 18 2013
Today's children are no longer "free range", apparently, and are being "raised in captivity" by overly protective parents.
At least that is what leading child psychologist Tanya Byron believes. So bad is the situation that increasing numbers of children are admitted to accident and emergency for sprains and scrapes each year because "they no longer know how to fall over".
The professor, a former adviser to Gordon Brown's government, said there was a "paranoia" among parents. And in comments that are likely to make the Daily Mail combust, Byron said that health and safety was making parents and their children so risk averse that kids are instead taking all of their risks online.
"We have children who are being raised in captivity, children are not free range anymore," she said.
However, when it came to the internet Byron said children were "taking risks we are not preparing them for". "They are having a blast on this fantastic global space and I would argue they are more vulnerable there than if they were hanging out on the street," she added.
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