THE PLAY PREDICAMENT

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Rachel Roberts
Parks & Recreation; Apr 2009; 44, 4; Docstoc
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Description: The report touts the necessity of free play, blaming its recent decline on a "hurried lifestyle, changes in family structure, and increased attention to academics and enrichment activities at the expense of recess or free child-centered play." In a study presented by the American Heart Association, researchers found that children and teens are now spending an average of 40 hours a week of screen time, or time with electronic media. Playgrounds named a Playful City in 2008, park and recreation staff members try to incorporate free playtime into most structured activities, handing out balls, jump ropes, and equipment to children to play with as they see fit.
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