Many of the current conversations on children’s use of mobile phones sound dire warnings, even foretelling the ‘death of childhood’ itself. However, argues playworker and geographer Chris Martin, different standpoints can contribute alternative, more complex perspectives, suggesting that children’s play may be as rich in the technological age as it ever was. Accessing the internet via a stationary computer has given way...Read more
|Comment|author: Chris Martin

Childhood obesity continues to rise

According to a report published by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, 107 million children (out of a global population of around 7.5 billion) are officially obese; a figure that accounts for around 5% of...Read more
|Comment|author: Jane Sandwood

Is teaching critical thinking skills important?

In today’s technological and rapidly changing world, children need to be able to assimilate data and demonstrate critical thinking skills versus repeating a list of facts from memorization. Kids need to be critical thinkers who can...Read more
|Comment|author: Carol Miller

New research highlights impact of street play

Two new reports highlight both the public health and the wider social benefits of children playing out in the streets where they live. Adrian Voce reports. New research, evaluating a three-year scheme funded by the UK...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Children challenge EU on basic rights

At a symposium of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) last month, children spoke up for human rights, calling for Europe to do more to protect those most in need. Children have expressed concern about...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Uncertain future for family-friendly housing co-ops

In this first part of the final article of her “Cities for Families” series, showcasing how local governments, non-profits and the private sector are building a family friendly Vancouver, Jillian Glover spotlights the challenges facing...Read more
|Comment|author: Jillian Glover