Cotton-Wool Kids

Friday 6th July 2012, 2:15pm - 3:30pm BST

Showroom Cinema 2

Session Blog

50% of all children have been stopped from climbing trees!
21% have been banned from playing conkers!
17% have been told they cannot take part in games of tag or chase!

There are many articles and forums on the topic of the decline in outdoor play and overly mollycoddled children. Outdoor play is essential for children’s health and happiness, for making friends, building key skills for the future and for feeling part of the community. Getting outdoors and closer to nature helps to keep children fit, they can learn about the world around then, and most of all it’s fun. Building a den, picking flowers, climbing trees – the outdoors is a treasure trove, rich in imagination. It brings huge benefits that every child should have the opportunity to experience and there are huge costs when they don’t.

One of the over arching editorial considerations when making pre-school content is that of imitative behaviour. Has pre-school TV become too safe and perhaps added to the trend of risk-averse parenting? As a public service broadcaster the BBC is in an ideal position to lead the way in encouraging a change in parenting trends in a positive, safe and inspiring way.