Bear Grylls’ Manifesto for Children: Climb mountains, take risks, ban computer games
Computer games should be banned, troubled teenagers compelled to climb mountains and mandatory community service brought in for all, the explorer Bear Grylls has said as he launches a “manifesto” to save the next generation.
Grylls, the television survivalist, said young people should be encouraged to take risks, “empowering” them to make their own judgments about safety, and be required to take “outdoor classes for all”. He joked his manifesto could be more successful than projects proposed by politicians, adding the power of celebrity could mean he could change society.
Grylls latest programme, ITV’s Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, will see him take celebrities including Emilia and Laurence Fox, Dame Kelly Holmes and Mike Tindall to a remote island for a 12-day survival mission. In an interview with the Radio Times, the broadcaster has now shared his own rules to help the next generation tackle the challenges of modern life.
“In the old days, if you wanted to change society, you had to be prime minister,” he said. “Nowadays if you want to inspire or help people learn, you can do it so powerfully through TV. “There is a different power now, and in many ways it’s harder for politicians compared with celebrities to win the respect of young people. It is easier through my job because young people dig the outdoors.”
Among his proposals, Grylls – a married father of three sons – laid out six rules for children, including “get fit”, “outdoor classes for all” and banning computer games. “We’re all involved in the same battle with our kids, and it’s hard because it’s such a cultural thing,” he told the magazine. “But I think that being on the computer all the time erodes imagination. “I don’t want to be a woodland bore because I’m not like that, but the best things in life aren’t things.”
He also argued young people should climb mountains, take more risks and complete community service at the age of 16.
He said: “I think kids get a hard time. We go to some tough estates with the Scouts, and I find that kids don’t lack ambition, they lack opportunities. If they don’t have opportunities, they get frustrated, go defensive and the hoodies come up. “But when you give them opportunities and take the shackles off, they love it. I take seven-year-olds up the mountains, and I see these massive smiles come across their faces.”
Bear Grylls’ Manifesto for Children
1) Get fit
2) Outdoor classes for all
3) Ban computer games
4) Climb mountains
5) Take risks
6) Community service
Read the full article at The Telegraph.