Children now over-protected

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 February, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 February, 1993, 12:00am

I APPLAUD the Education Department's decision to set up a committee to look into the matter of teenage suicides.

Most young people today, seem to be living in a ''greenhouse'' environment.

They seldom encounter any obstacles in life, because they are protected by their parents, the so-called baby boomers who faced adversity when they were young.

I can understand that they don't want their children to experience the same harsh conditions that they had to endure.

So, they work towards achieving a better standard of living for their children. And they warn their children against things which could harm them.

Children are curious. It is no use telling them what they should or shouldn't do without giving them an explanation. We should not destroy their sense of creativity and curiosity. Do we want a future dominated by ''automatons''? We should give children the opportunity to learn by experience.