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Guidelines issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board tell coaches not to work with a child ‘completely unobserved’, and suggest that ‘parents should take on the responsibility for their children in the changing rooms ‘. Campaigns which claim that it is normal for parents to snap and abuse permeate the public imagination, and incite us to be suspicious of our neighbours.

Furedi sees the enormous rise in mental illness and food allergies in children as a consequence. Nor do we have to acquiesce to a culture that denigrates parental competence and fuels suspicion about adult motives towards children. Who would have imagined that British children would be prevented from pursuing the age-old parentiny of conkering? Tony is giving up teaching. It is tempting to blame malicious children for making life hell for some of their teachers. Paranoid Parenting — Overprotecting Our Children?

At the time, many people sneered at the busybodies who decided frnak children were not fit to go near conkers.

PARANOID PARENTING: Why Ignoring the Experts May Be Best for Your Child

Many parents now feel so insecure and fearful of what they do not understand that virtually anything can be turned into a potential childcare crisis. Other teachers recounted cases of false accusation and demanded that school staff should not be treated as guilty until proven innocent.

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The call to ban this innocent practice is symptomatic of the intense professional mistrust of adult behaviour towards children. The internet has a remarkable parentjng to enhance young people’s lives by providing educational opportunities. Perhaps that is why parents in Britain are fureedi likely to drive their children to school than in Germany, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe where the distance between home and school may be far greater.


Not a day goes by without another sordid tale of some professional abusing the trust that has been placed in him or her. If an adult touching a child comes to be regarded with anxiety, how can these relations be sustained? Risk taking, like from normal play or the child’s own actions, are seen as irresponsible parenting or endangerment bordering on criminality.

It may be normal for parents to snap, but it is wrong for the NSPCC to suggest that this temporary loss of control ‘normally’ leads to abuse. When those bonds are subjected to such intense suspicion, the ensuing confusion can threaten the very future of a community.

The discrepancy between actual and imagined risks was particularly striking in relation to the dramatic issues of child welfare, such as abduction, environmental poisons and cancer. Then, responsible politics was equated with adaptation to the demands of global markets. Although the target audience of politicians is a minority of so-called dysfunctional parents, the depressing message our leaders communicate about the problems of childrearing has a disorienting frwnk on everybody.

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First, all the forecasts made pardnting international organizations share a common view: Take the following scene in a primary school in Bristol during the spring of A Glasgow researcher, Stuart Waiton, has produced compelling evidence that counters the fear that children are at greater risk than in previous times. He sighs as he tells of the mother who insisted on driving behind her son’s coach to France to ensure that he arrived safely.

Paranoid Parenting by Frank Furedi

In truth, a year-old girl is probably far safer in a dormitory in St Gerbais than in her year-old boyfriend’s Ford Fiesta on the M But asking what can go wrong is very different from acting on the assumption that things will go wrong. So I got this book at the Dollar Tree, and now I know why it was there! Jane rated it it was amazing Jul 10, Everyone now feels entitled to speculate about what Mary’s dad is up to. Were these normally non-smoking cars, or would the children be made victims of passive smoking?


There is considerable evidence that children are more creative when their parents are not around to monitor their behaviour.

A comparative study of children’s independent mobility concluded that there is far less parental supervision in Germany than the UK. Admittedly this danger is more ‘real’ than that of death by Pokemon-card ingestion, but it is still triggered by the potential risk that something might happen, and not by specific evidence that it has.

A similar pattern is evident in primary education. In the past, not even the archetypal over-anxious parent would have taken the precautionary approach that is now seen as the norm. Those who work with children are automatically undermined by new conventions that control their behaviour.

Public concern with safety has reached obsessive proportions. A survey of US paediatricians carried out in claimed that parental anxieties tended to be significantly out of proportion to many real risks. Child tantrums, shyness, aggression, jealousy, thumb-sucking, nail-biting, refusal to sleep, were regularly raised in letters from concerned parents. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The story was recounted to me in horror by a young teacher, as paranoix statement about the world we live in. Many parents now feel so insecure and fearful of what they do not understand that virtually anything can be turned into a potential childcare crisis.

Frank Furedi : Making Sense of Parental Paranoia

And that expectation is founded on the premise that parents can never do too much to protect their children. Most children are enterprising creatures, for whom adult insecurities provide an opportunity to exercise their power.

Such manipulative marketing schemes are confident that they can convert parental paranoia into hard cash. The Times reported that many of these parents revealed that ‘video images of the two-year-old being taken by his killers were still fresh in their minds’. Parents complain that television is teaching their children to be violent shopaholics. The implication that parenting under pressure is an invitation to abuse is an insult to the integrity of millions of hardworking mothers and fathers.