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"A city without fear": Children dream of a life in post-pandemic cities

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Cities 4 Children - Global Alliance November 2021

Author Marta Briones asks us to consider, "The Covid-19 pandemic brought urban life to a halt and turned children’s lives upside-down overnight. Across the world, children no longer had lessons or physical contact with their friends, and could not play or exercise outdoor. Strict lockdowns and mobility restrictions have shown the importance of more and better public spaces in our cities."

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"A city without fear": Children dream of a life in post-pandemic cities

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Cities 4 Children - Global Alliance November 2021

Author Marta Briones asks us to consider, "The Covid-19 pandemic brought urban life to a halt and turned children’s lives upside-down overnight. Across the world, children no longer had lessons or physical contact with their friends, and could not play or exercise outdoor. Strict lockdowns and mobility restrictions have shown the importance of more and better public spaces in our cities."

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Show and Tell Your Street - Tyrone Avenue, Campbelltown SA

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Campbelltown SA May 2021

Campbelltown City Council in South Australia is collecting, recording and showcasing our connected streets. In this video, we celebrate Tyrone Avenue in Campbelltown, where residents have come together and built a connections and relationships with one another.

Click here to view the Tyrone Avenue project.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRAoSR2QPwc

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Risk and Safety in Outdoor Play

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The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning

In this chapter we discuss and apply Sandseter's (2007, 2009a) concept of children's outdoor risky play and discuss its conditions in light of the need to provide children with both safety and challenges. 

https://www.google.com.au/books/edition/_/uMcmDwAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&pg=…

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Parents report decline in children's physical wellbeing, increase in screen time amid COVID-19, according to national survey

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National outside-of-school-hours (OOSH) 09 Feb 2021

Decreased physical wellbeing, increased screen time and feeling disconnected are the most significant impacts of COVID-19 on primary school-aged children, according to a survey.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-09/parents-concerned-about-children…

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The Fewer Toys Children Have, The More They Play

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Raised Good Feb 2021

Two decades ago, a German project called, “Der Spielzeugfreie Kindergarten” (the nursery without toys) wanted to see what would happen if they took toys away from kindergartens. All toys from participating classrooms were removed for three months...

https://raisedgood.com/toys-children-less-play/?fbclid=IwAR1slcJoMNp42p…

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A reminder of the significance of Play in lockdown

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Tim Gill - Rethinking Childhood January 2021

But the truth is that no-one benefits if children or their parents are under constant stress. This is why finding some space and time for unstructured, open-ended play is so important. Play can act as a release valve that allows children to feel a sense of their own agency, and to make some kind of sense of their experiences on their own terms, with adult concerns fading into the background.

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