Parents say no to outdoor play

Children suffer as mums and dads are afraid to let them play outside

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Our little ones are missing out on the childhood fun of outdoor play, a government investigation has warned.

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Clinical psychologist and TV presenter Professor Tanya Byron, was asked by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to look into the harmful effects of video games and websites. She discovered that society’s style of over protective parenting could be “very dangerous” for children’s development.

“Very rarely are children seen on the streets, playing outside or taking themselves to school because we live in such a risk averse and paranoid culture around child safety,” Professor Byron, presenter of the BBC series Little Angels and The House of Tiny Tearaways, told The Daily Telegraph. “Our fear risk is overblown. The big question is how can we reclaim childhood for our children.”

Mum-of-two, Tanya Byron, believes that children need to face certain risky situations of outdoor play to help develop resilience for later life. She also warns that children face other often more serious risks, such as cyber-bullying or sexual predators, on the internet.

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As a result of her investigation, The Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has been set up and Tanya Byron has also recommended a simpler classification  system for video games.

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