Children have ‘nobody to talk to’

Maggie Atkinson, the children’s commissioner for England, says – quoted in this BBC news story:

Are we meant to provide [children] with an activity to fill very waking hour and a room full of technology, but nobody close to them who has the time either to talk to them, or to fathom life out with them?”

Is new technology is really the main problem leaving children apparently more lonely than ever – or is it that busy parents are struggling to find time to spend with their children? Could it also be that we assume teenagers don’t need us any longer, allowing them to spend hours in front of screens, when in fact older children really need time to talk and build relationships?

Successive governments have thought – and structured the tax and benefits system accordingly – that parents should be in paid employment and away from their children.

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