Saturday, 30 September 2017

Too much Facebook causes 'virtual autism' claim experts

Too much Facebook causes 'virtual autism' claim experts

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"In France they've labelled it virtual autism — the idea that if you're raising your child on screens, they're not having social interactions or learning basic social skills."The fear is children in particular who are exposed screens are developing symptoms that are similar to some traits of that found on the autism spectrum. This could lead to the inability to detect whether people are lying or be able to tolerate difference in opinion of those they meet later in life. The researchers also claim this could have a knock-on effect with friendships and that those who spent hours each day on social media "had fewer friends". "If all they're getting is 2D screens and not enough human interaction and not enough motor skills development, you will end up with a problem," she claims.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Get children outdoors to play and learn, on Outdoor Classroom day and all year round!

Get children outdoors to play and learn, on Outdoor Classroom day and all year round!


Don't forget to sign up for Outdoor Classroom Day - 12/10/2017. Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime.

Green schoolyards offer physical and mental health benefits for children | EurekAlert! Science News

Green schoolyards offer physical and mental health benefits for children | EurekAlert! Science News

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Green schoolyards offer an opportunity for children to experience a healthy outdoor environment as part of their daily lives. After school hours, they provide value to the entire community through improved health, higher rates of community and family engagement, and increased opportunities for active outdoor play and relaxation.


"Too many children have no access to quality school grounds. In many neighborhoods, the standard play space is a barren asphalt playground or a concrete slab surrounded by chain link fence--a completely unsuitable environment for children's play." says Richard Louv

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Risk in Play and Learning — ISGA

Risk in Play and Learning — ISGA

The full research paper can be read through the hyperlink above

An interesting piece from the International School Grounds Alliance

“School grounds should not be as safe as possible but as safe as necessary. Since the world is full of risks, children need to learn to recognize and respond to them in order to protect themselves and to develop their own risk-assessment capabilities.”— Risk in Play and Learning: Ubud-Höör Declaration, International School Grounds Alliance

While promoting risk-taking on school grounds may raise questions of liability for schools and concerns for parents it is essential for the development of healthy young people, according to a declaration released September 4, 2017 by the International School Grounds Alliance (ISGA). This declaration is endorsed by all 54 of ISGA's Leadership Council members, representing 38 organizations from 16 countries and six continents.

Social and emotional health are important benefits of school gardens | MSU Extension

Social and emotional health are important benefits of school gardens | MSU Extension

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For example, at study by Habib and Doherty in 2007 show that large number of students report “that they feel ‘calm,’ ‘safe’, and ‘relaxed’ in the school garden.”

Additionally, children who work in gardens are more likely to accept people different from themselves, according to Dyment & Bell, 2006. Moreover, a study of third, fourth and fifth graders by Robinson & Zajicek in 2005 showed that students participating in a garden program had increased self-understanding, interpersonal skills and cooperative skills when compared to non-gardening students.

All of those studies show improvements in pro-social behavior that is important to children being happy with themselves and with others.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Environmental Health Perspectives – Nature Contact and Human Health: A Research Agenda

Environmental Health Perspectives – Nature Contact and Human Health: A Research Agenda

The full research paper can be read through the hyperlink above

"According to the best available evidence, nature contact offers considerable promise in addressing a range of health challenges, including many, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, and anxiety, that are public health priorities. Nature contact offers promise both as prevention and as treatment across the life course. Potential advantages include low costs relative to conventional medical interventions, safety, practicality, not requiring dispensing by highly trained professionals, and multiple cobenefits. Few medications can boast these attributes."

New Public Health Wales reports says nearly a third of under-fives aren’t getting enough outdoor play

New Public Health Wales reports says nearly a third of under-fives aren’t getting enough outdoor play

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“There is increasing concern about the mental and physical health of children and young people. Research suggests that given the opportunity, children get wide-ranging exercise as well as a significant mental health benefits from freely chosen play.

“Children start their active lives through play. When given the opportunity to play, children are likely to be physically active by running, jumping, dancing, climbing, digging, lifting, pushing and pulling. For children, play can also be fun and relaxing, a way of relieving or having time away from anxiety and stress.”