MSP Ruth Maguire urges councils to get rid of No Ball Game signs to allow more children and young people space to play.
Play Scotland, the national organisation for play supports this move, CEO Marguerite Hunter Blair says “Ruth Maguire is a dynamic Play Champion and Play Scotland welcomes this much needed campaign. The social, physical and health benefits of children playing freely outside far outweigh the outdated reasons for having NO Ball Games signs.” Full article
School bullying is depressingly common but having a group of friends, not just a single “bestie”, may bolster a child’s resilience, says Andrew Trounson, a writer for the University of Melbourne’s research publication platform, Pursuit. Full blog
Governments and education leaders must work better together to steer children away from the potentially damaging effects of excessive online time in favour of the wider benefits of traditional ‘play’ activity.
That’s the view of education writer Maria Onzain, who cites reports claiming too much social media use by teenagers can result in addiction and depression. However, she admits today’s increasingly connected world means it is ‘harder than ever before to peel children away’ from their electronic devices. Full blog
A new study by Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Hospital del Mar and UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, says being raised in a greener neighbourhood can benefit a child’s developing brain.
Around 250 children participated in the study which found primary school children raised in homes with lots of green areas around them tend to have larger volumes of white and grey matter in certain areas of the brain. Those anatomic differences are in turn associated with beneficial effects on cognitive function. Full blog
Encouraging children to take part in ‘risky play’ activities can help them to become more independent and to develop valuable life skills, argues this early years practitioner. Full blog
Governments and education leaders must work better together to steer children away from the potentially damaging effects of excessive online time in favour of the wider benefits of traditional ‘play’ activity. Full blog
Fears about automation displacing workers around the world ranked high on the list of Things to Be Very Worried About at the World Economic Forum in January. “At the end of the day, we have to fire a lot of people,” said Ursula Burns, chairman of the supervisory board at telecom group VEON, and former CEO of Xerox—which, indeed, recently had to fire a lot of people. Full blog
Educators in Britain, after decades spent in a collective effort to minimize risk, are now, cautiously, getting into the business of providing it.
Four years ago, for instance, teachers at the Richmond Avenue Primary and Nursery School looked critically around their campus and set about, as one of them put it, “bringing in risk.” Full blog
Interplay between parents and children ignites the brain and boosts its response to language, spurring lasting literacy skills. Full blog