SHEFFIELD mums have broadly backed new plans to ban children from leaving school at lunch time to stop them snacking on junk food.
Some city parents said the county-wide drive by council and NHS bosses was a good idea if it meant pupils ate healthier dinners.
But many felt the move depended on the age of the pupils, or what options schools served for meals.
Mum-of-two Tracey Wilson, from Charnock, said: “I am all for healthy eating and no junk food, it is something that needs to be monitored.
“Personally I have to give my kids a pack-up now because I know what is in it. Sometimes you look at school meal menus and it might be fish and chips which doesn’t look like a healthy meal.
“If it is a blanket ban and they bring it in it might be more easy, I would support that.”
Millhouses mum Fay Kenyon added: “It is a good idea I am in support of.
“It’s difficult though, when I was at school we were allowed out but it was never to the chip shop, we would get a sandwich.
“I think if you are brought up with healthy eating you tend to go for that, but peer pressure and what other kids are having can have an effect.”
On the streets of Sheffield city centre parents thought the ban could even cut down on youngsters taking up smoking.
Mum-of-two Leanne Colley, of Hillsborough, said: “I think it is a good idea because a lot of them go out to smoke cigarettes as well.
“Smoking is one of the main reasons they go out at lunch time, and this would stop them.”
Ecclesfield mum Nicola Hobson added: “I think there has got to be a bit of leeway but generally it is a good idea.”
And grandad Stuart Smith, 74, of Hackenthorpe, said: “When my children used to be at school they came home for dinner rather than going off to the fish and chip shop.
“They should have their dinner in school.”
But some parents disagreed with the move.
Mum-of-five Helen Fitton, 48, of Brightside, said: “I think it depends on how old they are.
“If they are at secondary school they should know what is right and wrong, it is up to them.”
And mum Emma Platton, of Woodthorpe, said: “ Lunch times are the only bit of freedom pupils get at school time.”