Archive for January 13th, 2011

Photo: Kate Samp for Strategies for Children

Play may be children’s work, but, The New York Times reports, a growing chorus worries that screen time and structured activities are crowding out what was once the defining characteristic of childhood – and remains a primary way that children build cognitive, social and emotional skills.

For several years, studies and statistics have been mounting that suggest the culture of play in the United States is vanishing. Children spend far too much time in front of a screen, educators and parents lament — 7 hours 38 minutes a day on average, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation last year. And only one in five children live within walking distance (a half-mile) of a park or playground, (more…)

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