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Paul Flatters: Childhood is Better Than Ever

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 04 January 2012

Social trends analyst Paul Flatters argues that childhood today is better than ever before, and he explains why wrongly thinking the reverse is bad for us as individuals and as a society.

Paul deconstructs several examples of recent media coverage, and explains why charities and academics have a vested interest in exaggerating the negative.

He also seeks to dispel the inevitable gloom of early January by pointing out the many ways in which research suggests life is certainly no worse, and much better, for children and families than it has ever been before.

Four Thought is a series of talks which combine thought provoking ideas and engaging storytelling.

Recorded in front of an audience at the RSA in London, speakers take to the stage to air their latest thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect our culture and society.

Producer: Giles Edwards.


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