Saturday 25 February 2017

World outside should be a child's playground

Editorial

Editorial

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Many children get less playtime outdoors than prisoners, an Early Childhood Ireland conference at the weekend was told, and it's so true and so sad.

All too often we rob children of the healthy enjoyment of playing outdoors.

The 'keep them inside' drive is prompted by various changes such as increased concern over child safety, 'helicopter' parents who think children should be engaged in more 'productive' pursuits, and the ubiquitous availability of computers and electronic games.

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