LOSING OUR CHILDHOOD PLAY
- 40% of elementary schools are or have considered eliminating or reducing recess time at a time when childhood obesity is an epidemic.
SCHOOL VIOLENCE PERPETRATED BY SCHOOLS
- Over 200,000 students were hit, sometimes beaten, by school staff during the 2006-2007 school year.
- Children with disabilities were more likely to receive these forms of physical discipline. Many of these children suffered from autism or autism-spectrum type disabilities.
- Corporal punishment is legal in schools in 20 states, but is outlawed in most juvenile correction facilities.
- The American Psychological Association, among other groups, has adopted resolutions to official oppose corporal punishment because of deleterious effects and human rights concerns.
SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND BULLYING
POSITIVE ACTIONS: Thankfully there are some things we can all do.
- Help ensure your school creates policies around positive disciplinary approaches, rather than corporal punishment.
- Get a kid to support peaceful playgrounds or host play dates in your community.
- Support the International Play Association's declaration of a child's right to play.
- Check out these ideas and resources for movement, play, and physical activity for children.
- Support the Alliance for Childhood efforts to restore childhood play in kindergarten, reduce childhood obesity, moderate computer use and standardized testing, and fight commercialization of childhood.
- Get educated about bullying and help implement successful bully-prevention programs in your school such as "Steps to Respect."