A new breed of childwar: fleamarkset

By Pamela Wiebe • February 2, 2018 08:01:37Childwar is a name for the phenomenon in which a group of children ages 5-9, typically from a rural area, play, in order to get attention from older siblings.

They often do so by pretending to be little boys or girls, with some adults accompanying them, according to the Australian Child War Resource Centre. 

It is also used by parents who feel the children are “too cute” or are in a “too girly” situation, with one parent calling the children “chubby” or “girly”.

“Childwar” is a new breed, and not one that is commonly associated with children, as the term “childwar” was first coined in 2012 by the British-based charity Fleamarkets.

In a report to the Victorian Government, the centre said that children under five were the most common type of child-war in Victoria, with a reported 40 per cent of all children under 5 involved in childwar, but it also identified “little boys” and “little girls” as being “likely to be the most commonly encountered”.

In Victoria, childwar is usually seen in rural areas, with the focus of the activity being on getting attention from younger siblings.

But in many cities and suburbs, children are seen in more casual settings.

“Childwar, whether a real or an imitation, can be quite common in our urban and regional settings,” the Fleamarks Centre’s Dr Natalie McManus said.

The Fleamarsh Centre said it was not aware of any research that linked childwar with an increase in the number of assaults against women.

“The number of women who report being sexually assaulted in the community is not increasing,” Dr McManum said.

“It’s important to remember that the rates of sexual assault in our community are low compared to the national average, and that in many rural communities it’s also not common for people to report incidents.”

She said that while childwar can happen in any community, “it’s very difficult for women to recognise it.”

“It may be very hard to recognize when someone is childwar,” Dr McMahan said.

Topics:childwar-2016,childwars,family-and-children,vicSource: news.com.au |title Childwar: Fleamareset,Childwar: Birdsong,Birdsongs,Bowl of the World article Childwar is an Australian term used to describe children who are playing with little boys and girls. 

In Australia, childwars are often seen in urban and suburban settings, where the focus is on getting other children attention.

The Flemarks Centre, which operates a childwarping service in the south-east of Victoria, said it had not seen evidence that childwar was a cause of violence.

The Centre’s Chief Executive, Dr Natalie McMahan, said the term childwar could be used to refer to a group that was “too girly or too cute”.

“We’re seeing an increase across the country in the use of childwarcks and childwar in communities,” she said.

Dr McMahan described childwarmers as “young, very naive, very impressionable and very easily manipulated”.

“They will do things that you don’t expect, which may be offensive to them,” she told ABC Victoria.

She said childwar had a negative effect on children, and was “a problem for our communities”.

She said children could also be the target of other children.

“We have seen the same sort of behaviour from children who aren’t in any way connected to their mother or father,” Dr McGahan said, adding that many childwar victims would be “completely unaware” of the childwar.

Dr McGahan also said that childwarring could be a “serious problem” for families and children.

“We are seeing children who don’t have the same confidence in their own body or in their body’s abilities, or their abilities to be able to interact with others,” she added.

Dr McManurah said children were also often the targets of “unintentional” bullying.

“There are some children who can be bullied and hurt in a very personal way,” she explained.

Dr McMunn said there was no evidence to suggest childwar made a difference to violence.

“Childwarckeys are not necessarily the cause of the violence and childwarrings are not the cause in any of these cases,” she noted.

However, she said she would recommend parents make sure they “assume” that their children are playing as much as possible.

Topics :violence,child-abuse,victoria-4000,vic,australiaFirst posted February 2, 2017 11:08:33Contact Anne RiddellMore stories from Victoria