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Reclaiming Childhood: freedom and play in an age of fear <ul><li>Children need unsupervised play : </li></ul><ul><li>To te...
Jean Piaget Moral Judgement of the Child <ul><li>play helps children internalise a sense of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ or ‘good’ ...
Lev Vygotsky Mind and Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes <ul><li>‘ In play the child always behave...
Cotton-wool kids?
Parental fears <ul><li>2007 Children’s Society report,  The Good Childhood Inquiry:  ‘children are becoming hostages to pa...
Playday 2007 <ul><li>‘ How many people does it take to give a child a taste of what it's like to play in the streets,  jus...
Fearing the outside world <ul><li>Pooley, C. (2006)  A Mobile Century?  Primary school-age children voice a number of conc...
Reclaim childhood and adulthood <ul><li>Stop seeing the world through such a negative lens and have more trust in ourselve...
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Reclaiming Childhood: freedom and play in an age of fear

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This paper will chart changes that have taken place in children’s lives over the last decades – in particular the erosion of outdoor unsupervised play. Overprotective parents’ anxieties are often blamed for what is increasingly referred to as the ‘cotton-wool kids’ phenomenon.

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Reclaiming Childhood: freedom and play in an age of fear

  1. 1. Reclaiming Childhood: freedom and play in an age of fear <ul><li>Children need unsupervised play : </li></ul><ul><li>To test boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Take risks </li></ul><ul><li>Have arguments and fights </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to resolve conflicts </li></ul>
  2. 2. Jean Piaget Moral Judgement of the Child <ul><li>play helps children internalise a sense of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ or ‘good’ and ‘bad’. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Lev Vygotsky Mind and Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes <ul><li>‘ In play the child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behaviour; in play it is as though he were a head taller than himself’ (Vygotsky 1978: 102). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cotton-wool kids?
  5. 5. Parental fears <ul><li>2007 Children’s Society report, The Good Childhood Inquiry: ‘children are becoming hostages to parental fears’. </li></ul><ul><li>2008 ICM survey commissioned by Play England: over-cautious parents are ‘spoiling’ children’s playtime. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Playday 2007 <ul><li>‘ How many people does it take to give a child a taste of what it's like to play in the streets, just as they did in the old days?’ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Fearing the outside world <ul><li>Pooley, C. (2006) A Mobile Century? Primary school-age children voice a number of concerns about playing outside unsupervised – in particular about being abducted or run over. </li></ul><ul><li>Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) found that 40 per cent of the children actively sought out more ‘dangerous places’ such as wasteland, building sites, subways or underpasses, rivers, abandoned buildings and quarries. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Reclaim childhood and adulthood <ul><li>Stop seeing the world through such a negative lens and have more trust in ourselves and other people. </li></ul>

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