Centre manager Brenda Mulcahy explains the crackdown, which was introduced just before Christmas, was imposed following numerous complaints from shoppers over children “running amok” and “screaming” in the food court.
An official warning sign was put up last week in the shopping centre, which claims to be family-friendly, calling for parents to be considerate of others and stating that: “Screaming children will not be tolerated in the centre.”
Local parents and parenting experts have spoken out against the decision, calling it "intolerant” and “wrong”.
One expert, Dr Justin Coulson, commented on the increasing lack of empathy for parents with young children in our society. While a Dee Why father of four told The Telegraph that while parents do need to assert some control, at the end of the day “children are just children”.Where do you stand on this argument? Would you support this kind of ban in your local shopping centre or do you feel our society is becoming increasingly intolerant of young children? Tell us below.