Over-protective attitudes to risk and safety can lead to the real long-term risks arising from inactivity in children. Playground designers, says Jeanette Fich Jespersen of Kompan, must resist risk averse pressures and offer children the challenging, energetic play experiences they crave – and their health needs. Being a parent represents a feeling of fundamental purpose in a person’s life. However, from...Read more
|Comment|author: Jeanette Fich Jespersen

Potential space? Play, parents and streets

In these reflections on this week’s Child in the City International Seminar in London, researcher Alison Stenning asks what playable neighbourhood space means for parents and other adults. She invokes the great play scholar Donald Winnicott in suggesting that...Read more
|3 comments|author: Alison Stenning

Play sufficiency is a question of spatial justice

Wales is the first country in the world to legislate specifically for children’s play. In this latest in our series of interviews to coincide with today’s conference on Children’s Play in the Urban Environment, Mike Barclay and Ben...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Why US playgrounds must emulate the UK and Europe

Meghan Talarowski is the founder and director of Studio Ludo, a non-profit research, design and advocacy company in Philadelphia, USA. Ahead of next week’s Child in the City international seminar on children’s play in the urban...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Privatising public space ‘a democratic deficit’

The Guardian newspaper reports that many of Britain’s largest cities are refusing to reveal information regarding the private ownership of seemingly public spaces, fuelling concerns about a growing democratic deficit within local city government. A Guardian...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

What to do about cyberbullying

Anxiety about online risks can obscure the real benefits of digital competence for children and young people. This short overview of some of the research in this area, by Kaylor Garcia and Deborah Temkin, suggests that cyberbullying is a...Read more
|Comment|author: Kaylor Garcia