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TOO SOFT PLAY

The warning came as parents are warned to stop children binging on the internet during the summer break
 

CHILDREN should not be “wrapped in cotton wool” because it’s making them soft and unable to tackle real life, the chief inspector of schools declared.

Amanda Spielman called out rules making pupils wear hi-vis vests on school trips and banning conkers and yo-yos in the playground over safety fears.

 Amanda Spielman warned against kids being wrapped up in cotton wool
Amanda Spielman warned against kids being wrapped up in cotton wool

The Ofsted inspections supremo said mollycoddling kids took time away from proper teaching and left kids “ill prepared” for the challenges of later life.

She called it “barmy” that one school had cancelled its sports day because of “dew on the grass”.

She said: “My message to schools is this: keeping children safe from harm should always be your overriding concern, but in doing so, make sure you distinguish between real and imagined risk.

“Trying to insulate your pupils from every bump, germ or bruise won’t just drive you to distraction, it will short-change those pupils as well – limiting their opportunity to fully take advantage of the freedom of childhood, and to explore the world around them.”

It came as the Children’s Commissioner for England warned parents to stop children binging on the internet and social media like “sweets or junk food”.

Anne Longfield said children should not be left to use their devices without limits as she launched a campaign to promote a better relationship with technology.

Saying children’s internet use was at a record high with very young children are routinely spending more than eight hours a week online.

And 12-15-year-olds are spending more than 20 hours a week online.

 Summer binge ... parents are warned to limit children's use of the internet and social media during the holidays
Summer binge … parents are warned to limit children’s use of the internet and social media during the holidays

She said: “You wouldn’t let an eight-year-old eat a double cheeseburger and fries every day of the year, so it’s important children aren’t left to use smart phones, computers or tablets without agreed boundaries.

“It doesn’t have to be about restriction and control – which is unlikely to win over any child anyway – but something children will often love: working out together a good way to be online.”



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