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Piers Morgan Mocks Mum Who Says Tag 'Should Be Banned'

Piers Morgan Mocks Mum Who Says Tag 'Should Be Banned'

A mum calling for the playground game Tag to be banned in schools faced a scathing reaction from Piers Morgan when she appeared on Good Morning Britain.

Amy Nickell visited the ITV show to argue her case, claiming that her son came home 'with a bruise on his chin' after playing the game at school.

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On the other side of the debate was behavioural specialist and author Jo Hemmings, who said that children's games should have a certain level of risk in order for them to learn how to cope with certain situations.

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

The debate was based on recent news that Joanne Smith, head teacher at the Rudyard Kipling Primary School & Nursery in Brighton, had angered parents after banning children from playing Tag on the premises.

Speaking in support of the school's decision, the mum said: "Wait a minute, who's the winner in Tag? Tag's not about winning or losing, it's literally about one-upmanship."

Jo, one the other hand, said games of this type are good for releasing children's dopamine levels, adding: "Tag is fun. You have to have a certain amount of danger in games."

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As you'd imagine, Piers had something to say about it - after Amy revealed that her son had been hurt on the playground, he joked, "Oh no, did he? Is he ok?"

The presenter then went on to say: "I think the audience is watching at home thinking, 'What is going on? Why are we even having these conversations?'

"We are creating a generation so snowflakey they won't even be able to leave their houses when they leave school.

"We have protected them so ridiculously they are totally ill-prepared for the real world - which, by the way, isn't all about everybody wins and everybody's nice. The real world is tough. You've got to be tough to deal with it."

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Guess they'll have to agree to disagree.

The audience back at home had just as many opinions on the matter, with one viewer writing on Twitter: "That blond woman was talking utter tosh. Children need games like tag to let off energy. They learn so much from these games. As a retired teacher I see the merit of such games."

Another added: "As a sports coach tag like games are fundamental in everything I do with early years foundation level children, they are fun, yet competitive and get so many returns in regard to the children's all round development."

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Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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