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Whatever Happened to Childhood?

Thursday 17 January 2008 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)

Whatever happened to childhood? With a rise in bullying, family break-up and consumer pressure, has a paradise now turned into a battleground?

Philip Dodd hosts a debate recorded in front of an audience in Liverpool at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival of ideas.

With child psychiatrist Dr Sami Timimi, headmaster David O'Brien, writer Tim Gill and community activist Pat Nelson.

Duration:

45 minutes

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Whatever Happened to Childhood?
A special edition of Night Waves recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking festival in Liverpool in November.

In Whatever Happened to Childhood? Philip Dodd is joined by a panel of guests including David O'Brien, the headmaster of a primary school in the city, Tim Gill, the author of 'No Fear: growing up in a risk-averse society', Liverpool based careworker Pat Nelson and the child psychiatrist Dr Sami Timimi to discuss the current issues around childhood.

Should we be worried about the pressures children face today with endless testing at school? Or the fact that they become part of our consumer society at an increasingly young age? Should we be protecting children more from dangers or should we be encouraging a society in which they can develop and learn from taking more risks?




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