Saturday, 5 August 2017

Six winning "Playsages" for the 2017 International Garden Festival in Reford Gardens

Six winning "Playsages" for the 2017 International Garden Festival in Reford Gardens

The full research paper can be read through the hyperlink above

Quebec is still in the middle of winter, but the iconic Reford Gardens ..are already looking forward to warmer days ahead for the 2017 International Garden Festival this summer. In response to the all-too-familiar “nature-deficit disorder” in society these days, participants in this year's competition had to create inventive “Playsages” that would inspire, if not remind, today's tech-savvy kids to spend more time outdoors.

Outdoors and Active: Delivering public health outcomes by increasing children’s active travel and outdoor play. University of Bristol, UK

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The full research paper can be read through the hyperlink above

"This simple, low cost resident led intervention has immediate and long term benefits for children and the wider community. With widespread uptake, there is potential to   change the culture towards outdoor neighbourhood play being a normal part of  everyday life across the UK."

A study of kids’ screen time explains the vicious cycle that makes parents unable to say no — Quartz

A study of kids’ screen time explains the vicious cycle that makes parents unable to say no — Quartz

The full article can be read through the hyperlink above













“It’s like giving a kid a little bit of cocaine and telling them to be careful,” she says. In the survey, parents reported their kids spending nearly 19 hours a week in front of screens, more than two-and-a-half times the recommended dosage of media time—and Bernstein assumes that parents wildly underestimate their kids screen time.

“Kids should be involved in imaginative play but tech is the best babysitter in the world,” she says. One major benefit of the tech used for screen time: it’s a sunk cost. In other words, once you buy the device, and the necessary subscriptions, you don’t have to pay an ongoing rate. That’s much cheaper than hiring a human babysitter. But once kids are addicted, many parents feel it’s hard to get them un-addicted.