Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Childcare ban on caped crusaders

MELBOURNE, Australia: Childcare centres have banned crime-fighting superheroes. Superman, Batman, SpiderMan and the Hulk are no longer welcome as alter-egos for role-playing kids. The centres claim superhero costumes transform children into super villains by encouraging aggressive play such as wrestling, hitting, karate kicking and jumping from heights. But parents and childcare experts disagree, saying superhero play is a healthy form of expression.

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