• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author
Theme: parenting

Paranoid parenting means university students are treated as kids

Are university students children or young adults? There is little agreement on how to answer the question of what age young people become grown-ups.

Banning children from using Facebook is like stopping them from going to the park

The proposed law would only encourage children to lie to their parents.

Mother loses child because of her beliefs

The association of moral education with emotional harms takes idea of 'parents mess you up' in new dangerous directions.

A baby is not a chattel

A ruling by the High Court in London that a baby should be taken away from a surrogate mother suggests that children can be treated like commodities.

How much independence should children have?

In 2001, as adult supervision seemed to be extending into every aspect of children's lives, Frank Furedi wrote the seminal Paranoid Parenting. Now, as a mother who let her nine-year-old go to the park alone is jailed for abandonment, he realises that the problem is far worse than even he imagined then.

Growing up independent is illegal? Mom arrested in US for letting nine-year-old daughter play alone

The arrest and jailing of a South Carolina mother who let her nine-year-old daughter play alone at a park has sparked a fresh debate about North American anxieties — and judgments on parents when it comes to supervision and safety, writes Sarah Boesveld.

Keep the emotion police out of family life

The dangers behind the NSPCC’s campaign to criminalise ‘emotional abuse’.

The Cinderella Law: Emotional correctness gone mad

Rather than protecting children, the Cinderella Law could turn family life into a place where no one is safe.

Kids don’t need pills, they need parenting

The expansion of the diagnosis of ADHD among children is driven not by a hitherto unknown medical condition, but the cultural redefinition of the problems of childhood.

Grandma - A Danger to Your Child’s Health

The transformation of Grandma into a health risk to children in her care is a regular theme promoted by so-called parenting experts and researchers.

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