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Lost Adventures of Childhood [electronic resource]: The High Price of Hyper-Parenting

Beyond Entertainment Ltd
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Sometime during the close of the 20th century, free play vanished from the lives of American children. Today, a riptide of structured, highly competitive activities fills their waking hours, heightened by parental ambition and anxiety. This program examines the world of scheduled play-dates and ultra-organized sports, searching out the causes and implications of the hyper-managed childhood. Interviews feature gung-ho, technology-armed parents; summer camp staff charged with documenting each child's every move; and, most poignantly, children visibly stressed by their fast-forward lifestyles. Expert guests include Under Pressure author Carl Honore and Psychology Today editor Hara Estroff Marano.
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46 min.
6 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Apr. 01, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
High Price of Hyper-Parenting
  • Observations of Modern Childhood (1:43)
  • Past Childhood Memories (1:31)
  • State of Modern Childhood (0:51)
  • Child Tracking Devices (1:35)
  • Total Control Over Children and Movement (1:33)
  • Foundation of Trust in Society (1:00)
  • Documenting Summer Camp (1:49)
  • Underestimating the Value of Play (1:32)
  • Good Parenting Run Amok (1:51)
  • Over Scheduled Kids (2:24)
  • New Fashioned Play (1:33)
  • High Pressure in Kids Sports (2:19)
  • Benefits of Free Play (0:54)
  • Benefits of Unstructured Sports (1:16)
  • Evolutionary Psychology of Play (1:48)
  • Link Between Play and Survival (0:46)
  • Play for the Brain (1:05)
  • Effects of Play on Brian Experiment (1:56)
  • Lack of Play Creates Stress (1:04)
  • Stress Management for Kids (1:43)
  • High Price of Play Deprivation (1:14)
  • Link Between Playground and Classroom (1:20)
  • Value of Novelty for Children (1:55)
  • High Value of Play (1:17)
  • Results of a Playground Makeover (1:48)
  • Adventure Playgrounds (3:07)
  • Why I Let my Nine Year Old Ride the Subway Alone (2:10)
  • Ideal Parenting Goals (1:36)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2008.
Publisher no.
41360 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (46 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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