This article came to my attention today
The two-year Good Childhood Inquiry is published on Monday. The independent inquiry into the state of childhood today – commissioned by The Children’s Society and carried out by Lord Layard, the Labour peer, and Professor Judy Dunn, a child psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry – has collected so much evidence that it is publishing it in a 240-page paperback book on Monday
The report is expected to warn that children have lost their freedom to play outside because of paranoia about the dangers they face and hostility from the general public.
Instead they are left to spend hours every day in front of television screens and computers, where they fall prey to aggressive marketing and turned into consumers
It will propose a complete ban on advertising for under-12s, which has been suggested both by Lord Layard and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who is patron of the inquiry.
The commercialisation of childhood is feared to be behind rising levels of depression and anxiety among teenagers, as they try to get the latest gadgets, wear make-up at increasingly early ages and try to lose weight or work out in order to look like models or pop stars.
The inquiry will also warn against the “cotton wool culture” and encourage parents to let their children play outdoors and make new friends rather than keeping them cooped up indoors.