SchoolUniversity of Waterloo
DepartmentSocial Development Studies
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Provide children w/ valuable exp’s
- learning rules, problem solving, teamwork
Less time children spend in games and play b/c of:
1.) amnt of TV time
2.) amnt of organization
- play diff for kids now compared to back then aar of meshing of child/adult lives
- children rarely play unattended nowadays
- adults are aware, most of the time, what their children are playing since always present
- children’s sports more for parent gratification
3.) children model sedentary beh’ after parents
Balance safety and play
i.e. playground structures; sports
Pressures in training youngsters into champions (Olympics)
i.e. no longer women’s gymnastics/skating as competitors are almost all young girls
And so, do athletes ever have time to play? Do they miss out on childhood?
- under 1% actually make it, so is this push necessary?
Children as young as 10 using steroids to improve athletics
Is children’s “play” disappearing, perhaps taking childhood with it?
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