Are we "bubble wrapping" our kids? TVO's Your Voice explores overprotective parenting in a multimedia primetime special, Thursday April 10, 2008

    Your Voice Special Event:
    "Too safe for their own good: Are we overprotecting our children?"
    Featuring parenting expert Barbara Coloroso and author Michael Ungar

    Thursday April 10, 2008 from 7 to 8:30 pm
    Live at 7 pm ET on TVO and simulcast at
    Continues exclusively online at starting at 8 pm

    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - Child safety is every caregiver's concern, but
are today's parents overprotecting their kids and raising risk-averse
children? Your Voice, TVO's online parenting series, explores the topic in a
multimedia, interactive primetime special combining TV and the internet,
Thursday April 10, 2008. At 7 pm, the program is live on TVO and simulcast at It then continues exclusively online at 8 pm.
    A generation ago, parents allowed kids to walk to school and play in
their neighbourhoods unsupervised. Today, that's almost unthinkable. Parents
chaperone their kids to school and to their extra-curricular activities, and
arrange for supervised play dates. While some may perceive that the world is
more dangerous, according to Statistics Canada, the overall national crime
rate in 2006, based on incidents reported to police, hit its lowest point in
over 25 years.
    Are parents just much more protective than generations past? How can
parents encourage independence, curiosity, resourcefulness and risk-taking if
they're "bubble wrapping" their children? What are the consequences of being
too protective? Host Cheryl Jackson looks at these questions and more with our
expert guests:

    -  Barbara Coloroso, renowned parenting expert, lecturer and author of
       Kids Are Worth It and The Bully, The Bullied and the Bystander
    -  Michael Ungar, professor at the School of Social Work at Halifax's
       Dalhousie University and author of Too Safe for Their Own Good

    Leading up to the special event, parents can visit
beginning March 14 and take a quiz - developed in collaboration with
Coloroso - to find out where they fit on the protective-parent spectrum. Other
special web content includes articles that look at why over-protective
parenting is a concern, as well as tips on managing fears over kids' safety.
    Parents can join in this special event by submitting their questions
online at the Your Voice page at, or by phone at
1.888.891.1195. They can also connect with other parents in an online chat.
    Your Voice at normally airs every Tuesday live at 1 pm ET
and provides expert, real-time advice on how parents and caregivers can help
their kids navigate the issues they face at school.

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires, and
stimulates curiosity and thought. We are committed to empowering people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600,
ext. 2305,

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