Hi there, here’s one issue for you to think about – a prominent atheist Richard Dawkins, has caused a bit of a stir in the UK by suggesting that “anti-scientific” stories about magic and witchcraft, such as the Harry Potter series, should be investigated for any negative effects on children. But is he right to be concerned?
Do myths and fairytales affect a child’s future ability to think rationally? This columnist thinks the myths and fairy stories we hear as children do have relevance to the real world and this atheist blogger disagrees with Dawkins and thinks fairytales are harmless fun.
A new survey of 3000 parents suggests that UK parents tell their children “white lies” at least once a day to keep them well-behaved. So when does telling ‘white lies’ become harmful?
But what about the trickier questions that might not have a scientifically-provable answer, such as when a child starts asking about death? This agnostic mum has made the decision not to tell her children about heaven. By telling the bare scientific facts would parents be protecting children or just themselves?