Skipping breakfast is very unlikely to help you loose weight and often means you consume more later on in the day.
The average calorie content of a bowel of cereal with semi skimmed milk is just 170 calories, which is much less than a midmorning trip to the biscuit tin or an outing to the coffee shop for a creamy latte and pastry.
Some oat based cereals can also help to lower cholesterol and those which contain wholewheat or bran are a great source of dietary fibre as well as many other vitamins and minerals.
Breakfast is an essential meal for growing children as it will give them energy throughout the day and help to improve performance. However there are many sugar laden cereals out there so be sure to look at the sugar content before being drawn in by the packaging!