Psychologist tackles ‘spoilt generation’

ONE News August 02, 2010

Modern parenting techniques are leading to a generation of “little emperors”, according to controversial UK psychologist and author Dr Aric Sigman. Sigman told TV ONE’s Breakfast programme parents need to stop trying to be their child’s friend and set firm boundaries.

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The Press 02/08/2010
Parents should mete out computer and television time as if it was as detrimental to their children’s health as sugar, salt or saturated fats, an expert says. Psychologist Dr Aric Sigman, a fellow of the Britain’s Royal Society of Medicine, has been brought to New Zealand by lobby group Family First. Sigman said a new breed of parents, who were afraid of confronting their children, had created a “spoilt generation” with a sense of entitlement and lack of empathy. Research initially focused on the effect of television on children, but recent studies showed any type of “screen time” had similar effects. Screen technology includes computers for educational purposes, social networking, hand-held devices and television. “Parents have been preoccupied by content, but these effects occur whether your children are watching the most educational thing in the world or porno,” he said.

Dr Aric Sigman speaks on NZ’s Radio Rhema regarding his book