School based schemes which aim to get teenagers more physically active have had mixed success to date. Often these initiatives only increase activity in the short term, and ask teenagers to take part in a limited choice of sports or activities, such as football or dance during and immediately after the school-day. This approach is … Continue reading What teenagers told us would make them more active
With growing concerns over children’s online privacy and the commercial uses of their data, it is vital that children’s understandings of the digital environment, their digital skills and their capacity to consent are taken into account in designing services, regulation and policy. Mariya Stoilova, Rishita Nandagiriand Sonia Livingstone’s research project Children’s Data and Privacy Online set out … Continue reading Where does your data go? Developing a research methodology for children’s online privacy
Playful Planet has announced the first confirmed speakers for its new conference. Dinah Bornat is founder and co-director of ZCD Architects in East London, which is passionate about socially inclusive architecture and urban design. As well as being a design champion for the Mayor of London, Dinah has produced cutting-edge research on child-friendly cities, urban design, … Continue reading Dinah Bornat and Tim Gill to speak at Bristol conference
The Bristol Child Friendly City Network is an initiative to develop Bristol into a city that embodies the UN Rights of the Child. Child Friendly Cities champion the role and voice of children in the city through the themes of public space, independence and play, culture and creativity, and children’s voice and democracy. In early … Continue reading Bristol Child Friendly City Network
Journalist Harriet Grant is pursuing her research into the state of children's play. In her latest article she looks at what we can do to give children more opportunity to play outdoors. She begins: It is easy to get nostalgic when someone mentions playing outside: hazy memories of summers spent kicking a ball in the … Continue reading Children are stuck inside more than ever – how can we give them back their freedom?
The city's spatial development is squeezing young people out of the spaces they need. In recent weeks, children’s play space has been in the news for worrying reasons. A widely reported story about the Baylis Old School development in Lambeth revealed that the play spaces for the social and affordable rent homes were “segregated” from … Continue reading Nicky Gavron: London must build the needs of children into its planning policies