H/T Smoking Lamp for this report:
Children are telling their parents to put cigarettes out at the school gates.
Carterhatch primary school, in Carterhatch lane, is the first school in the borough to ban parents from smoking by the gates and pupils devoted a whole day to learn of the health risks of smoking.
‘No smoking at the gates’ was launched by parent governor Marina Haque, as children designed a plaque to remind parents not to smoke by the school.
Ms Haque said: “Although a ban on smoking at the school gates cannot be legally enforced, children will be asking their own parents politely to stop smoking there.
“A plaque designed by the children reminding people not to smoke will be unveiled at the school gates. At all times the children will be polite when they approach their parents and we are confident that they will cooperate with the children’s wishes.”
Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for education, children’s services and Ppotection, added: “Children are the best advocates to be saying ‘don’t smoke near our school’.
“This pioneering approach is a bold move and a great example of the successful work going on in our schools which is helping to develop healthy attitudes and changes to life styles.”
Smoking Lamp remarked: “The antismoking movement has transformed itself into a culture war complete with a modern day version of the “Hitler Youth’. “
I completely agree. And once you’ve got children telling parents what to do, it’s a short step to having children report on their parents. In fact, they probably already are doing exactly that. From Dictatorship and Political Police: The Technique of Control by Fear by E.K. Bramstedt: