Is childhood disappearing?

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  • Is childhood disappearing?
    • Postman (1994)- Concerned with disappearance of childhood
      • Distinction between adults &children is disappearing
      • Merging taste of style- Behaviour, language& attitudes becoming indistiguable
      • Children becoming exposed to a range of experiences that they share with adults
        • Globalized media
        • Eroding cultural divisions
        • No longer sheltered from adult experiences& knowledge
      • BBC News School Report- 11 to16 year old in 2011- Found most concerned about terrorism& climate change
    • Cunnigham (2005)- Parental authority has been undermined by children having money from either parents
      • 2014- Annual Halifax PM survey- Average child between 8-15 received PM around £6.35 a week
    • Silvia (1996)- Roles of parents maybe diminishing- Growing importance of peers, other influences
      • Parents no longer able to manage/ control in what children are exposed to
        • Reduces oppertunities for parents to socialize their children& Regulate behaviour
    • Margo- Average age 1st sexual intercourse fell- 20 men & 21 women ( 1950's) to 16 for both (mid 1990's)
      • Concern over the sexaualization of childhood
    • Palmer (2007)- Parents use modern tech to keep children occupied- " Toxic childhood syndrome"


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