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Can over protecting children harm them in the long term?


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Conversation Summary

Protecting our children is something every parent thinks about. It is natural to want to protect children from danger, however, it is also the responsibility of the parent to prepare their children for life as an adult. It can be argued that if we protect our children too much then we are actually harming them as we are preventing them from preparing for life as an adult.


  • In general, do you think children are protected more now than 50 years ago?
  • In what ways do parents like to protect their children?
  • At what point do you think protecting child is no longer beneficial?
  • Do you think the government or society as whole should help ensure children are not over-protected to the point where it is harmful to them?

Key Vocabulary

  • Protection noun
  • Protect verb
  • Overprotect verb
  • Danger noun
  • Harmful adjective
  • Beneficial adjective
  • Responsibility noun
  • Prevent verb
  • Prepare verb

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