The study, carried out by the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, found that the frequency of nursery rhyme violence was more than 10 times greater than in programmes shown on TV before the watershed.
The study focussed on 25 popular rhymes, including; Humpty Dumpty and Jack and Jill.
The scenes of violence included:
- Humpty Dumpty being hurt in a fall
- Jack and Jill tumbling down a hillside
- Simple Simon being thrown to ground by a cow
- Rock a bye baby crashing to earth, as the cradle falls (wouldn’t that be covered under a manufacturer’s warranty or something?)
Nanny will therefore be decreeing that the current nursery rhymes are unsuitable for children, and ban them. She will then issue new, “sanitised”, rhymes that are less harmful to young minds.
As you all know, this site is happy to co-operate with Nanny in any way.
Therefore, I am launching a special competition; whereby visitors to www.nannyknowsbest.com can write their own Nanny style “sanitised” nursery rhymes.
These new “sanitised” rhymes can be based on traditional ones, or be entirely “free form”.
Please submit your entries to me, marking them for the attention of the Rhyme Sanitation Department. The winners will earn the kudos, and “notoriety”, of having their names and creations published on this site.