All work and no play for children: losing their childhood and their happiness?
In primary schools, playtimes have become shorter and school days longer. Outside school, road safety, stranger dangers and cyber play have drastically reduced our kids’ opportunity for social interaction and free play. Is diminishing playtime affecting the well-being of our children? Pam Jarvis in the International Journal of Play (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21594937.2013.863440#.UxcXV87EQuJ) discusses the importance of play and the damaging outcomes for kids when they don’t have enough. A Department for Health commissioned survey in 2004 concluded that 1 in 10 British