February 1, 2014

Less Vandalism & Bullying, Too

1 Ending Playtime Rules Increases Safety

New Zealand schools that decided to completely abandon the growing number of restrictive health and safety rules limiting schoolchildren's play activities found that not only did schoolyard chaos and injuries not increase, but in fact were markedly reduced, along with bullying, graffiti and vandalism, while levels of in-class focus and concentration improved. Teachers found that allowing the kids to take risks and pursue their own ideas of play, such as riding skateboards and scooters and climbing trees, increased their awareness and ability to avoid danger while inspiring them to use their imaginations more creatively and to be more motivated and engaged in their play time activities. The result was less boredom and misbehavior during recess and greater attentiveness in class.

More at Tvnz.co.nz | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: U.S Preschoolers Get Insufficient Play Time

Tags: Children's Exercise, Children's Play Time Rules, Restriction Child Behavior, Increasing Child Playtime Safety

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