Commissioner Connolly has today released a new report titled ‘Press Play’. The report examines the findings of a survey of 500 South Australian young people aged 13 – 18 on the importance of play in their lives. While much research focuses on the importance of play for young children, rarely is the importance of play for teenagers examined. Press Play identifies what activities young people define as play, as well as what barriers prevent them from participating in more play. These include having too much homework and not nearly enough ‘play’ time embedded into delivery of their school learning agenda. Governments, civic society and business all have an obligation to build the youth-friendly infrastructure young people need in order to fulfil their need and right to play. The report contains recommendations from young people themselves, on how to embed playfulness into their lives to foster creativity and critical thinking.

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