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ERIC Number: EJ1043624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Discourses of Childhood Safety: What Do Children Say?
Smith, Kylie
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v22 n4 p525-537 2014
This article will report on a project, which consulted children about their understandings of safety in relation to the people and places in their lives. Thirty-nine children aged between three and five years attending preschool and long day-care services reflected on their experiences of what is safe and unsafe in their world through dialogue, artwork and construction. The services were based in an inner city in Australia. The article will then examine discourses of safety to explore how children limit their own capacity and willingness to actively and independently engage with the world outside their family and home due to concerns of safety. This examination raises questions for educators, researchers, policymakers and families about how the effects of how adults observe, monitor and restrict children's play and movement to keep them in close proximity in order to keep them safe.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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