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Press Release - 17 February 2009

‘The Trouble with Kids Today’ - free public seminar on childhood

The challenges facing children and families in British society today will be examined in a seminar at the University of Bath next week.

The seminar, titled: ‘The Trouble with Kids Today: Rethinking Contemporary Childhood’ will include leading researchers in children’s relation to consumption, Dr Lydia Martens from the University of Keele and Dr Agnes Nairn from the EM-Lyon Business School.

Jim Davis from The Children’s Society will also be speaking about implications of the Good Childhood Inquiry – the UK's first independent report into what makes for a positive experience of growing up in today’s society.

Results of the two-year inquiry were published earlier this month making international headlines.

The event will also mark the launch of the University’s Childhood and Youth Research Group (CYRG).

The programme includes an introduction and welcome from Professor Christine Griffin, Head of the Department of Psychology, and Dr Tess Ridge from the Department of Social & Policy Science.

Professor Griffin said: “The lives and well-being of children has been the focus of considerable concern in recent years, with major media coverage of particular child abuse cases, anxiety about children's eating habits, their use of TV, video and computer technologies, or the marketing of toys and sweets aimed at a child market.

“It is less easy to get a clear sense of how the majority of children live, and what are the key problems facing children and their families in contemporary society. This seminar is an opportunity to hear from two leading researchers on children's relationship to consumption as well a key figure from The Children's Society's recent inquiry into childhood in Britain. It will also give a chance to discuss the implications of their work.”

Attendance is free and light refreshments will be provided after the seminar, which takes place on Thursday 26 February from 4.15pm to 6.30pm in Room 3 West North 2.1, University of Bath. There is no need to book.

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