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Children Should Control Their Own Free Play

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Having the free time to explore and to be creative with your own mind as a child is so important. As a child our brains are constantly learning and absorbing everything around us. In today’s society though, children are no getting enough free play. Many kids are too worried about their digital device or having a lot of structured activities. Today’s school and parents believe that their children need to have structured actives, and be under their supervision at all time, but may disagree. Children that have unstructured play use their own minds and start to develop their own unique thought; others think that kids need to have structure so their minds are more disciplined.
Many believe that children should control their own free play. Having the freedom can benefit a child’s mental and physical state of mind. Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge says, “The more time that children spent in less-structured activities, the better their self-directed executive functioning.” “Play physically changes the connections between neurons in the pre-frontal cortex. It prepares the brain for “life, love and even schoolwork” (qud. In Kozlowska). Most kids have playtime, but most are being told what to do. Not having the free will to use your own mind can be very damaging to a child mental health. Jessica Lahey, a writer for The Atlantic says, “Unscheduled, unsupervised, playtime is one of the most valuable educational opportunities we give our children. It is
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