Links for August 22, 2017

New evidence shows impact of street play / Survey report (PDF)

The overall conclusion from all these reports is that, where it is happening, the resident-led street play model undoubtably has profound and lasting impact for both children and the wider community. As it is also low-cost, sustainable and universally applicable, it is any policy-maker’s dream come true.

KIDMAP (Kids Inclusive and Diverse Media Action Project)

This grassroots coalition (formerly known as Diversity in Apps) consists of media creators, producers, researchers, educators, and parents. We support the creation of diverse and inclusive children’s media through research, best practices, and collaboration. We are committed to putting all kids on the digital media map.

Chuck E. Cheese Is Breaking Up Its Beloved, Horrifying Animatronic Band

The animatronics bands may be an icon for parents and grandparents, but children today prefer dancing with Chuck E. — a worker dressed up as the chain’s icon — or big-form video games, [chief executive Tom Leverton] added. “The animatronics became a side show,” he said.