Actress Cate Blanchett is determined to give her son DASHIELL a proper childhood.

The Australian actress, who is pregnant with her and husband ANDREW UPTON's second child, has strong feelings on the importance of a happy youth.

She says, "You know, the whole idea of a childhood is rather new, as far as civilization goes. For hundreds of years children were turned into adults as quickly as possible, so they could work. That seems cruel.

"But now I feel we are robbing children of their childhood all over again, because we sexualise them so young, allow so much exposure to adult matters."

26/09/2003 17:17