Social development

Social development

1 in 4 primary school children claim to have experienced bullying in the school playground.*

How best to tackle antisocial behaviour? While bad behaviour can be controlled by increased supervision and surveillance, this also serves to encourage children to avoid authority.

Children’s behaviour becomes disruptive when they are bored or confined. What is really needed is space for children to express themselves positively, particularly in their breaktime at school.

The playground is a classroom for lessons in life.

In a survey of schools that improved their grounds with LTL support, 73 per cent reported that behaviour had improved, 64 per cent claimed reduced bullying and 84 per cent observed improved social interaction.**

Friendships made in the playground last for life. Social skills are often forged in the sandpit.

Teenagers tend to want to socialise in groups and prefer a sheltered place to sit at breaktimes. Sometimes young people just want to be on their own and seek somewhere safe where they won’t be disturbed. Many children want to let off steam as soon as they get outdoors.

Through sensitive design, different behaviours can be accommodated and the tensions that lead to conflict are reduced.

Read examples of how good design has helped develop positive social behaviour.

* Face-to-face research by Tickbox.net between 11/09/07 and 21/09/07 amongst a UK-wide representative sample of 1,146 children aged between 6-11 years.

** National School Grounds Survey 2003, Learning Through Landscapes.
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