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The use of public space by children and young people (children) continues to inspire debate. Passionate proponents for children have argued for their rights to access public space, yet negative depictions and discourses of their... Read more
Backseat generation: breaking the vicious circleIncreasingly, parents are driving their children to school even when they live within cycling or walking distance. This is because the home-school trip has become, or is perceived to be, ever more dangerous … which... Read more
Vote play, vote to stayThere are good practical reasons for play advocates to vote ‘remain’, but perhaps, suggests Adrian Voce, none of these matter. The play movement is innately open and inclusive; the opposite of the leave campaign’s main... Read more
Water break: is your child drinking enough fluids this summer?Most children in the United States do not drink enough water, and when it’s hot outside, they may need to drink even more. But getting children to drink water can be a challenge. We spoke with... Read more
Children design the city!The Greater Dandenong City Council in Victoria, Australia, engages local children to help shape the local city and the experience children have as active participants within it. In May 2016, the Council invited primary school aged... Read more
Brazil’s Instituto Alana Releases Children and Nature Project to Reconnect Kids with the Natural EnvironmentToday there is no doubt that life in cities has left nature farther away with children spending more and more time at home without contact with nature and no chance of playing outside in open... Read more
‘Get children playing outdoors’ to improve academic success and reduce obesityCampaigns to promote physical activity and reduce obesity among children should focus more on active outdoor play, according to a study led at the University of Strathclyde. The Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card 2016 has... Read more
‘Insidious’ tech firms must protect children online, says campaignerA leading children’s rights campaigner has labelled technology companies “insidious” for putting freedom of expression above the need to protect young people from abuse online. Beeban Kidron, a film-maker and member of the House of Lords,... Read more
Dutch kids encouraged to play outside in national campaignAll kids in the Netherlands were encouraged to play outside on the 8th June for the ninth edition of “Play Outside Day”, initiated by organization Jantje Beton and children’s channel Nickelodeon, NU.nl reports. To encourage kids... Read more
Child friendly schools: a design strategy for children’s participationA aim of creating a more child friendly school depends firstly on the development of strong partnerships between children, teachers, parents and specialists. However, every child is unique; childhoods are local, not universal. Thus, proper... Read more
Exploring a board game wonderlandThe wienXtra-spielebox is one of the largest board game libraries in the world and is mainly funded by the city of Vienna. It is the goal of the spielebox to promote and encourage the use... Read more
Letters from children provide insights into the child friendly cityChildren’s letters on what they find to be a child-friendly city can guide urban planning and enhance a spatially oriented understanding of children and politics. The child’s right to participation suggests encompassing children’s views as a... Read more
A toolkit for developing child friendly towns and citiesA child friendly city implements children’s rights in local policy. Cities can use the translated Unicef toolkit that consists of three steps: measuring the child friendliness – perception research with children – formulating a strategy.... Read more
Getting some fresh air is supposed to be good for youAir pollution is of the main environmental problems for city dwellers, says the European Environmental Agency. Children are, according to the WHO, at high risk of suffering adverse effects of air pollution owing to their... Read more
Turkey’s Largest Indoor Children’s Play Center OpensThe Antalya Metropolitan Municipality opened Turkey’s largest indoor children’s play center, at over 20,000 square feet, in Kepez on Sunday. Zıp Zıp Park aims to offer children in Antalya a chance to play freely. Mehmet... Read more
Children’s play in urban high riseThe rapid urbanization of Indian cities poses significant challenges to the protection, provision and participation of children living in urban areas. Children’s play is no exception. Also, children from middle-class families are usually susceptible to... Read more
Lab van Troje, a local non-profit organization in Ghent, Belgium is preparing a fourth generation of ‘Living Streets’: an experimental project that invites citizens to conceive and implement more sustainable and livable solutions for the... Read more
Interview with the City of Ghent’s children’s ambassador, Elke Decruynaere
Elke Decruynaere, the Alderwoman of Education, Upbringing and Youth for Ghent, which is...
Giving children a voice in adult elections
During the last municipal elections for Sassari, in Sardinia, Italy, children played an...
An information guide for designing outdoor play spaces
The 7 C’s of Young Children’s Outdoor Play Spaces is an information guide...
The City of Ghent’s strategic plan to be a child and youth-friendly city
With more than 250.000 inhabitants, Ghent is the 3rd largest city of Belgium....