Overloading at school, computer games, parents' demands and television destroy the little ones.
Children are deprived of the right to grow at their normal pace due to a complex of factors including "junk-food", school overload and computer games, warns more experts, quoted by the British publication "This is London" ".
Young people are transformed into "mini-adults" and, as a result, risk falling into depression and other problems related to their personality development.
An extensive campaign, involving about 110 psychologists, university professors, sociologists and other academic personalities, calls on the British government to intervene before young people and children suffer irreparably from a psychological and physical point of view.
The Romanian experts believe that the children from us are not far from those of the western countries.
The exaggerated demands of teachers and parents, but also the sedentarism risk to cause children to suffer from depression and anxiety.
The need for reality
Experts say that politicians have failed to understand how destructive the modern world has become for the development of children.
"We are deeply concerned about the escalation of depressive disorders in children and their development and training conditions.
The brain of the children is still in training, so they cannot adapt to the effects of extremely rapid technological and cultural changes, "the letter sent by British experts shows.
They also show that the needs of the children remained unchanged, while the world around them took speed, and social and educational expectations increased.
"They still need what people have always needed, namely real food (as opposed to fast food), real games (opposed to sedentary computer games), real experiences in the world in which they live and interactions. regulars with the important adults in their lives. "
"Childhood is not a race"
The letter further blames the marketing industry for causing them to "behave and dress like mini-adults," while television and video games provide them with images deemed inappropriate for their age.
The letter was written at the initiative of Sue Palmer, author of the book "Toxic Childhood". "We have to make a joint statement - the mental and physical development of children cannot be accelerated. This changes in biological time, not in electric speed.
Childhood is not a race, "said Sue Palmer. Professor Michael Shayer, of King's College, London, has discovered that the cognitive skills of 11-year-olds are about 3 years behind the average of 15 years ago.
Romanian children are nervous on the ground
The sedentarism of the children and the exigencies of the parents and of the teachers are the main causes for which more and more Romanian children end up needing the advice of the psychologists.
Children are afraid of failure from an increasingly early age, so psychic disorders that once affected adolescents have now become manifest in preschoolers, Romanian psychologists say.
Performance is required throughout the line
"Much of the blame for the failure of the little ones, manifested since kindergarten, has parents who do not encourage their children to develop skills to cope with stress. Some parents neglect the need for children to confess their worries ", explains Domnica Petrovai, psychologist at the National Center for Mental Health.
In addition, parents and teachers do not take into account the skills of the children and demand performance throughout the line.
In these conditions, failure is equivalent to failure. "It is not uncommon for children to be scarred if they do not recite a poem when parents want it. The problem is that the parent focuses on what the child has not done, instead of being satisfied with what the child has done. ", adds the psychologist.
Another mistake parents especially make is comparisons with other children. Establishing hierarchies between brothers, colleagues or friends makes them fearful children and does not help them develop.
Read the whole article in the Evenimentul Zilei
October 20, 2006