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Protective parents criticised

Annie Woods says children under five need to learn how to manage their own risks without being smothered by their parents

An academic from Nottingham Trent University has rounded on overprotective parents who prevent their children from learning to be careful.

Annie Woods says children under five must learn how to manage their own risks without being smothered by their parents.

She says children should be allowed to climb trees and decide how high they can go so they learn about when to take care.