Play in the media
Here is a summary of the latest play related articles and blogs to be published online.
Children likely to experience depression and anxiety post-lockdown, study says
Independent (Sarah Young)
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Bath discovered that young people who have experienced loneliness during the restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic might be up to three times more likely to develop depression in the future. The article notes the importance of prioritising play, to support children’s emotional well-being.
A series by Meynell TV to discuss different aspects of play and playwork. Each episode also includes a special guest where they explain their work relating to play and playwork.
I redesigned a school playground for my PhD – and the children got better marks learning outside
The Conversation (Matluba Khan)
By referring to their own PhD research, the author discusses the benefits of outdoor learning for children’s motivation and well-being. As part of their research, the author asked the children what they would like in their playground for learning and playing. Additionally, the article refers to how taking classrooms outdoors can provide the space to maintain social distancing.
Ann Manderville: Lessons from COVID-19: Kids need more recess at schools
The Chronicle Herald
The series business of play
American Psychological Association (Rebecca A. Clay)
Green Week: Children say they will miss the outdoors after lockdown, according to survey
Coronavirus: Child psychologists highlight mental health risks of lockdown
BBC news (Philippa Roxby)
Increasing screen time during the coronavirus pandemic could be harmful to kids’ eyesight
The Conversation (Shu-Fang Shih and Olivia Killeen)
Kids will need recess more than ever when returning to school post-coronavirus
The Conversation (Lauren McNamara and Pasi Sahlberg)
Outdoor early learning and play
University of Glasgow (Anne Martin, Paul McCrorie and Avril Johnstone)
Fostering resilience through play
PlayBoard Northern Ireland
Play can foster resilience among children, says charity
The Irish News (Simon Doyle)
Understanding this will help you fight less with your kids at home
The Correspondent (Irene Caselli)
Life after Lockdown in the Early Years Classroom: Embracing Challenges as Opportunities!
Stranmillis University College (Glenda Walsh and Stephanie Gillespie)
Reopen schools with a ‘golden age of play’
CNN (William Boyle and Pasi Sahlberg)
Less school and more play has benefits for children, study finds
The Irish Times (Éanna Ó Caollaí)
Fear not parents: Kids can learn lots while at home, experts says
Phys.org (Dan Dakin)
Our lives during COVID-19: kids tell their stories
Child in the City (Simon Weedy)
Why don’t schools make more of pick-up time?
Tes (Jan Pahl)
Let children reclaim the streets for a summer of outdoor play
The Guardian (Rowan Moore)
Coronavirus restrictions cut young children’s opportunities to socialise. What does this mean for their development?
ABC News (Edwina Seselja)
29 Reasons Why Play is So Important During Times of Crisis and Stress
Pandemic Objects: Hopscotch