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Children Still Love Playground Games

Tuesday 15th March 2011

The results of a 2 year research project have concluded that children make the most of their playtime outside, and combine their knowledge of computer games and TV shows into their games.
After spending more than two years watching children play, researchers from the universities of London, East London and Sheffield concluded that modern media are informing, rather than destroying, playground life. The Guardian reports today that typical and traditional games such as tag are still popular but children are also incorporating media icons such as Beyoncé and Simon Cowell into their imaginative games. Children act out the dramas of Britain’s Got Talent and the Jeremy Kyle Show and stage scaled-down versions of High School Musical and Harry Potter. They also act out war and fantasy games that they play on computers.

The study, which received £600,000 funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, also found that, far from simply copying what they had seen online or on the TV screen, children pick, choose, combine and reinvent to come up with new games and scenarios.

The findings of the study ’Children’s Playground Games and Songs in the New Media Age’ will be unveiled today at the British Library by former children’s laureate Michael Rosen.


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