In his RSA lecture, Tim Gill argues that we are over-protecting our children, stifling their childhood experiences because of our risk-averse attitude to growing up.
Looking at our approach to playgrounds, child protection and bad behaviour, Tim argues we are covering our backs, where as we ought to be opening up opportunities and experiences to children to develop fully. He suggests that an approach of a little more benign neglect might actually be better for them.
Tim's talk is followed by contributions from Chris Hanvey from Barnardos, Tom Mullarkey from ROSPA and Nikhil Roy from Save the Children, and then comments from teachers within the audience.
A variety of related articles by Tim Gill with comments from the public
Tim Gill's website with links to related articles on bullying, boys and early education, and related issues
A blog and links to work by an expert on ?risk?
Website for The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, which hosts the lecture series