- Alfie Baron
Alison Thewliss said in a House of Commons debate: “In thinking about consent, that also starts at a very young age as well - we can think about that with children too.
“We can do it with something as simple as tickling.
“If you’re tickling a child and they say stop, you stop.
“That’s teaching consent to very young children - they understand that, they know that.”
The comments were made during a Commons debate on sexual harassment and violence in schools.
Alison Thewliss also said she was concerned about gender stereotyping.
She said the boys at her son’s nursery wanted to be ambulance drivers and the girls wanted to be a dancer or singer.
Thewliss said: “There is nothing wrong with being a dancer or a singer but why are they choosing those at the age of three rather than choosing ambulance driver or anything else they want to be, why are they so stereotyped into those roles at the age of three?
Scotland is to become the first part of the UK to introduce an outright ban on the physical punishment of children, after the Scottish government said it would ensure that a member’s bill became law. The aim is to give children the same legal protection as adults.
Are we to expect new laws to stop us tickling our children? What about new laws forcing us to adopt gender-neutral methods for raising our children?