“Mummy, can I have that? I NEEEDDDDD it.” The banshee cry all parents dread when their child clocks a shop window or that hypnotic advert pops up yet again. The answer, of course, is no. That is not until birthdays, Christmas, they’ve done something good or you need (ahem) to bribe them. At which point, parents show just as much interest in what these toys promise as children. Full blog here
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is truly inspiring document which sets out what society expects and demands for its children. But it was adopted well before today’s digital environment could be anticipated. Since rights apply online as well as offline, it’s now time to rethink how society can support – and not infringe – children’s rights in today’s fast-changing digital environment. Full blog
It started when my son was only a few months old. I had taken him downtown with me, for my weekly therapy session with the social worker I was seeing for postpartum depression counseling. There was a chill in the air, and I worried that his little cotton pants would ride up and expose his legs while I wore him, so I decided to put on his sister’s old baby leg warmers. Full blog
The response to the recent air pollution alerts in London alarmed many of us who champion children’s right to play in the UK, writes Marguerite Hunter Blair, Chief Executive of Play Scotland. Here she looks at the impact of environmental pollution on children’s play, and responses to it – both internationally and in Scotland.
The impact of these extreme environmental conditions on children’s opportunities and freedom to play outside was clear with children’s play time outside of the classroom cancelled in many schools and parents advised to keep children indoors. Full blog
“We’re on a ship,” she said, “and we’re going to a desert island. We’re out of food so we have to go get some.”
I just happened to be standing nearby when this 4 year old girl named Ella had decided that I was to be a character in her imaginary story. I was taken a little off guard as I’d been in the middle of something. So I did what any seriously preoccupied person would do… I abandoned what I’d been doing, put my pretend sailors hat on, and boarded the supposed ship with her. Full blog
A slide, swings, maybe a seesaw or sandbox: These are the usual elements of today’s playground. We’ve become so accustomed to their uniformity that it’s hard to believe that playgrounds used to be something different. Full blog
Play England is deeply concerned that the worsening air quality in Britain’s cities is threatening children’s school breaktimes (‘Filthy air’ forces Khan to announce pollution warning, 24 January).
The way to tackle air pollution is introducing traffic exclusion zones, not banning children from playing outside. Children’s playtime is vital. Full blog
I wholeheartedly agree that “children need plenty of self-directed outdoor play” (Screen-based lifestyle harms children’s health, Letters, 26 December). Children spend most of their lives at home, so the design of residential neighbourhoods is particularly crucial. Our research into how residents use external spaces near their homes reveals that where children play out for longer, independently, there is more social use by the rest of the community. Full blog
No, not a beautiful provocation but instead a picture of the real chaos that results from children deeply engaged in self-directed and exploratory play with materials – beautiful nonetheless. Full blog here
Tottering round in mum’s far too big heels, sneaking into the make-up drawer to paint your face, rummaging around in the tool box to play ‘fix it’, chattering into any inanimate object to take that important ‘call’, pestering to ‘drive’ the car and wanting to ‘help’ with the dishes. Children copy the behaviour of those around to them, mostly harmless and part of their natural development, but there are some adult behaviours which we shouldn’t expose our children to and don’t want them mimicking. Full blog