The Effects Of Changing Children 's Play On Western Societies

2277 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 10 Pages
This paper will be exploring the notion of changing children’s play in western societies and will examine whether this shift is experienced in other nations across the globe. It is widely believed in western society that the type of play that children engage in the 21st century is different to generations before them. Children are spending less time participating in unstructured, ‘free play’ outdoors and more time inside in structured play under the supervision of adults (Carver, Timperio & Crawford, 2008). ‘Free play’ is defined as activities which are child-initiated, involving the child’s imagination, which is often situated outdoors and have minimal adult guidance (Frohlich, Alexander & Fusco, 2012). In contrast to the physical outdoor activities, children are now commonly immersed in sedentary activities comprising of video games and digital technology (Olson, 2010). This is an issue of concern for some members of society, as participation in free play is associated with gains in cognitive abilities and improvements in physical health for children (Gmitrova, Podhajecká & Gmitrov, 2009; Tremblay & Willms, 2003). It is, therefore, important to ascertain whether play has changed for children of non-western cultures. This paper argues that play has shifted from free play to more structured play for children across the globe, but cultural differences will inherently affect the nature and reasons for the changes. Firstly, this paper will examine the changing nature of play…

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