26. September 2011
Instead of enjoying their childhood, child experts said children are growing up fast these days because of the vast influence of our modern today.
The experts said because of early testing in school, advertising, bad childcare and a reliance on computer games and television children are growing up fast instead of enjoying first their childhood. To put a stop to this bad scenario, some 200 teachers, academics, authors, charity leaders and other experts have written a letter calling for a drive to ‘interrupt the erosion of childhood’.
Three of the prominent members of this group were novelist Philip Pullman, Oxford University neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield, and Lord Layard, emeritus professor of economics at the London School of Economics. The group lamented that instead of playing outside for them to appreciate life more and live healthy, children today are contented on spending time indoors playing or watching screen-based technology.
The group said the time is now for governments around the world to do something to stop children from growing up fast due to the modern life so that the younger generation can appreciate and learn about life more. They called for actions to ensure that children will play outdoor and connect to nature by banning of all forms of marketing directed at children up to at least age seven.
They said the government must act now to stop children being poisoned by the modern world. Moreover, the group said growing up is a natural process and modern technology should not be allowed to fast tract the growth of children since it offers many dangers to the young people especially with regards to their future.