London, Mar 22 : Bad behaviour in schools is being fuelled by overindulgent British parents who don't know how to say no to their kids, says a new research.
According to the Cambridge University study, primary pupils are increasingly difficult to teach as they throw tantrums during lessons if they fail to get their own way.
The study, commissioned by the National Union of Teachers, claims that the problematic behaviour of kids is being fuelled by growing exposure to television, computers and video games - as well as spending too long in baby bouncers and strapped into cots - which damages children's development.
According to the report, a "small but significant number of parents" are failing to control their children in the face of mounting commercial pressures.
"Teachers described highly permissive parents who admitted to indulging their children, often for the sake of peace or simply because they had run out of alternative incentives or sanctions," the Telegraph quoted the report, as stating.
The conclusions emerged in a study comparing teachers' workloads in 2002 and 2007. In the study, 200 teachers and hundreds of parents and children were interviewed.
Primary schools reported problems with parents who were "often unable to deal with their own children's behaviour [and] could be highly confrontational, sometimes resorting to violence in protecting their children's interests".
"By the time they had come to school many children had become expert in manipulating adults. Motivating them had become more difficult," the study stated.
Speaking at the NUT's annual conference in Manchester, Steve Sinnott, the union's general secretary, said: "Indulgent parents are struggling to deal with poor behaviour in their children. That's spilling over in to schools, making it more difficult for teachers."