Guru: Parents 'got it wrong'

Intrusive parents are blighting their children's lives and in turn leaving them unable to cope on their own, according to the Prime Minister's advisor on childhood. Young people cannot fend for themselves, Claire Perry told a newspaper.

Parents should 'monitor Facebook' child guru says

Parents should monitor their children’s Facebook pages, according to David Cameron's advisor on childhood.

Claire Perry said: "I friended mine, the 16-year-old has now unfriended me. If they swear, I post: ‘I don’t think you should use language like this’. There are good aspects to Twitter and Facebook. We have shrunk the world to a keypad and that is a wonderful thing.

"But it has grown so fast that the normal measures haven’t applied and we have accepted things we never normally would. We have to fight back.”

Claire Perry is David Cameron's advisor on childhood. Credit: ITV news

She said too much is thrown at children, from violent computer games to raunchy pop videos.

Mrs Perry added: “They are expected to be beautiful, to be sexy, to dance like Rihanna, 30 per cent of teenage girls want to be models and less than 4% engineers. That’s so depressing. I want far more nerds.

"I hate The X Factor, they think if you can sing you are going to be famous, but if you concentrate on your maths you may actually get a job.”

Read: 'Parents have got it wrong' childhood Guru says.

Mrs Perry made the comments in an interview with The Times (£).

Report: 'Parents have got it wrong' childhood guru says

Intrusive parents are blighting their children's lives and in turn leaving them unable to cope on their own, according to the Prime Minister's advisor on childhood.

Young people cannot fend for themselves by the time they leave home for university, following life packed with organised activities, Claire Perry told a newspaper.

“We have created rods for our own back. Children need time to be bored.

"Good parenting isn't just about making sure they come top in maths but all the difficult stuff too. If they don’t learn the limits from us who is going to tell them?

“Most parents are too busy, don’t know the words, aren't aware their children are doing it. They are living in digital oblivion."

– Claire Perry, MP and advisor on childhood

Children are allowed to roam free on the internet where real dangers lie, Mrs Perry, 48, and a mother of three, said to The Times (£).

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