Where Do the Children Play?
Well I think it's fine building Jumbo planes,
or taking a ride on a cosmic train,
switch on summer from a slot machine,
yes get what you want to, if you want,
cause you can get anything.
I know we've come a long way,
we're changing day to day.
But tell me,
where do the children play?
Cat Stevens wrote these lyrics in 1970 for an eerily prescient song called Where Do the Children Play. The song predicted that as technologies transformed and infiltrated our lives, play would begin to disappear from the landscape of childhood. Indeed, creative, openended play is rapidly vanishing from our homes, outdoor spaces, and schools. Today instead, children consume forty hours of media each week (mostly on screens), surpassing the time given to every activity but sleep.2 As media moguls compete for their market share,