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Play in the media08-01-2018

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Here is a summary of the latest play related articles and blogs to be published online.

Abergavenny road closed to give children safe place to play
BBC Wales News (Collette Hume)

As part of the Playing Out campaign Abergavenny mum, Chloe Charrington organises a monthly street closure to encourage children to play outside. This is the first street in Wales to take part in the campaign. Paediatrician Dr Liz Bragg states that children should be outside and not inside in front of screens. Obesity rates in Wales are higher than any other UK nation and the Playing Out campaign encourages children to be more active and sociable in the community.

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Where do children play in a war zone?
Unicef Australia

Unicef is giving children in war-torn areas the chance to play in a safe environment. This article describes several instances across the globe where children are given the opportunity to briefly escape from the terror of war to play and feel safe for a while. These examples include an underground playground called ‘Land of Childhood’ in Syria where children are given the opportunity to play and the ‘School of Peace’ in a refugee camp in Lake Chad, Chad.

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Batman effect: Playing make believe could help boost your child’s productivity, finds study
The Independent (Sarah Young)

Research published in the Child Development journal found that children who engage in fantasy play are better at performing mundane tasks and work harder. As part of the research children were put into groups and asked to perform a boring task in front of the computer, but also given the option to play in the next room. The children allowed to role play performed better than the children without a costume. The researchers believe that the distraction and assumed qualities of the character being role-played helped the children concentrate on the task.

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Children's Screen-time Guidelines Too Restrictive, According to New Research
Science Newsline

According to new research from the University of Oxford children’s screen time guidelines are too restrictive. The research suggests that a moderate amount of screen time, called the ‘Goldilocks’ period, could actually be beneficial to children and teenagers’ mental health and wellbeing. The researchers found that the current guidelines used by the American Academy of Paediatrics (APP) are based on out-of-date research, conducted before digital technology became part of our everyday life.

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More articles:

  • Schools should help children with social media risk
    BBC news

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  • Here we go again: No Risk, No Play
    Bernard Spiegal

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  • Letting our kids run wild
    NZ Herald (Simon Collins)

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  • What is unique about playwork?
    Playwork Foundation (Fraser Brown)

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  • But if all they do is play all day, how will they be ready for school?
    Parenta (Leanna Barrett)

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  • Irish kids at play: not just fun and games
    The Irish Times (Kunak McGann)

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  • The importance of active play over screen time
    Mummy Fever

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  • Agenda: There is so much to play for when we encourage young children to enjoy the outdoors
    The Herald (Julie Robertson)

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