ERIC Number: ED405135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions of Play: Reflections and Directions.
For many children, societal changes have restricted the opportunities for and the right to play. Adults deal with these violations of children's right to play by trying to correct problems, preventing future problems, or by denying that problems can or could exist. In order to meet the challenge of preserving children's play rights, we need to be alert to five societal trends: (1) increasingly unsafe neighborhoods, especially evident in the United States, where guns are increasingly available to children who experience and witness violence and whose parents keep them away from playgrounds and neighborhood streets for their protection; (2) family realignment and adjustment, especially an increase of single parent families and families in which both parents work full time and latch-key children are restricted from play for their protection; (3) increased sedentary lifestyle in which television viewing occupies more of children's time than any other single activity and there is increased electronic game and computer activity and decreased playtime; (4) school curricula with less time devoted to play and more time to academic competition and the task orientation of after-school activities; and (5) increasing safety and decreasing play value, the need to strike a balance between meeting safety regulations and providing children with risk-taking and challenging activities. The challenge for adults is to provide children with places to be children and to do childlike things. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Closing keynote speech presented at the IPA World Conference (13th, Espoo, Finland, August 16, 1996).