Frank Furedi

Sociologist, commentator and author of Culture of Fear, Where Have All The Intellectuals Gone?, Paranoid Parenting, Therapy Culture, and On Tolerance: In Defence of Moral Independence.


The Cinderella Law: Emotional correctness gone mad
Independent, 2 April 2014
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
Independent, 13 August 2013
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
Huffington Post UK, 2 July 2013
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.

Parenting Skills Are A Con
Huffington Post UK, 31 March 2013
It seems that everyone believes that parenting classes are wonderful idea - except for the parents.

Unruly children: How did ‘discipline’ become a dirty word?
Independent, 25 March 2013
The term now implies an abuse of power. And punishment of children is frequently represented as a violation of human rights.

University students - are they toddlers or young adults?
Independent, 7 March 2013
Walking with mum and dad on campus used to be seen as a marker for social death. Today parents are everywhere. Why must we infantilise academic life?

How ‘child protection’ policies harm children
spiked, 2 January 2013
We all want kids to be safe, but the plan to create a new database of children who visit A&E units will have the opposite effect.

We’re creating adult-phobic children
Winnipeg Free Press, 8 September 2012
By Robert Alison.

Parental determinism: a most harmful prejudice
spiked, 21 May 2012
David Cameron’s proposed parenting classes are built on the bizarre and destructive idea that parenting determines society’s fortunes.

Parents must be free to chastise and also to smack
Daily Express, 31 January 2012
Tottenham MP David Lammy should be commended for stating that parents need to have the right to smack their children in order to restrain them from anti-social behaviour.

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