Real play is the freedom for children to engage with and learn from the world that surrounds them. By mentally and physically connecting children to the world, play empowers them to create and grow for the rest of their lives. It is a fundamental right for all children. Full article
Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner office has created a Symbols resource that helps children and young people participate— and they will send it for free to anywhere in Scotland.
Their resource explains the 7 Golden Rules for Participation, a set of principles developed by the Commissioner’s office. Full details here
Almost everyone can recall a pleasant childhood memory in which they are building with blocks, running around with friends or inventing magical worlds for their dolls. But play is much more than fun; it can be used as a form of therapy for children. Full article
Modern teaching techniques where pupils are allowed to learn through play can lead to poor behaviour, a new report warns.
So called active learning – where pupils are also encouraged to work in groups or teach each other – have also been blamed for a lack of focus in secondary school when pupils sit exams. Full article
A new international study suggests that parents who employ challenging parent behavioural (CPB) methods – active physical and verbal behaviours that encourage children to push their limits – are likely protecting their children from developing childhood anxiety disorders. Full article
Kids seem to spend endless hours on smartphones, games consoles, computers and tablets these days.
Playing on electronic devices certainly doesn’t help their waistlines, but do you ever wonder what regular device use is doing to their eyesight? Full article
As any parent can attest, the battle to prise children away from the glow of their screens seems endless. Nursery-age children now spend eight hours a week online, according to a new Ofcom report, with 65 per cent of three- to four-year-olds using tablets – up 10 per cent from last year. Full article
Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris spoke to BBC Newsnight about their book The Lost Words and the need for children to spend more time interacting with the natural world. Click on video here
One fifth of children in Scotland live in families that are in poverty and cannot afford basic necessities, new government figures show . Full article
Parents these days spend a lot more time with their offspring, or at least middle-class parents do. One analysis of 11 rich countries estimates that the average mother spent 54 minutes a day caring for children in 1965 but 104 minutes in 2012. Men do less than women, but far more than men in the past: their child-caring time has jumped from 16 minutes a day to 59. Full article