Playtime with dad may improve children’s self-control

Children whose fathers make time to play with them from a very young age may find it easier to control their behaviour and emotions as they grow up, research

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: education play child-development

Increasing screen time during the coronavirus pandemic could be harmful to kids' eyesight

With online learning and social distancing, kids are spending more time staring at screens and less time outdoors. That can put them at higher risk of myopia and serious eye problems in the future.

Olivia Killeen, Resident Physician in Ophthalmology, University of Michigan • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: education health children play coronavirus school vision online-learning social-distancing screen-time eyesight computers myopia outdoors eyes

Increasing screen time during COVID-19 could be harmful to kids' eyesight

With online learning and social distancing, kids are spending more time staring at screens and less time outdoors. That can put them at higher risk of myopia and serious eye problems in the future.

Olivia Killeen, Resident Physician in Ophthalmology, University of Michigan • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: education health children play coronavirus school vision online-learning social-distancing screen-time eyesight computers myopia outdoors eyes

Kids with and without disabilities play together in iGYM

Check out this video to see kids with and without disabilities on the same court competing against each other in a new game called iGYM.

Bernie DeGroat-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: play exercise childrens-health sports gaming disabilities featured health-and-medicine

Why more kids don’t play outside

When kids don't have an opportunity to play outside, their physical, emotional, and social development can suffer, researchers say.

Neil Schoenherr-WUSTL • futurity
Oct. 28, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: play parents income childrens-health families green-space society-and-culture social-lives neighborhoods

Gendered play in hunter-gatherer children strongly influenced by community demographics

The gendered play of children from two hunter-gatherer societies is strongly influenced by the demographics of their communities and the gender roles modelled by the adults around them, a new study finds.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 26, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: children play hunter-gatherers africa

Kids with autism are doing okay at recess

"For children with autism, recess may be the hardest period of the day, where kids struggle the most." New research checks to see how true that is.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
March 6, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: education play autism society-and-culture

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