For generations, there was an expectation that children would spend their free time playing outdoors, developing friendships, and exploring their neighbourhoods without direct parental supervision. However, in recent decades we have seen a dramatic decline in the independent mobility of children. A worrying consequence of this shift is that Canadian society is now facing a physical inactivity crisis among children and youth. What is driving these changes and how can we reverse this trend?
On September 18, 2019, we presented the premiere screening of Running Free: Children’s Independent Mobility, produced by Professor Guy Faulkner of UBC’s School of Kinesiology. Told through the eyes of three families, this 26-minute documentary explores the concept of children’s independent mobility, the benefits for children’s mental health, and challenges viewers to consider solutions to this issue. Following the screening there was a panel discussion about the film’s themes.
You can watch the documentary here.
This program took place on September 18, 2019, at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on UBC’s Vancouver campus.
Host – Guy Faulkner – Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia; Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Public Health Agency of Canada Chair (CIHR-PHAC) in Applied Public Health
Moderator – Shiral Tobin – Director of Journalism and Programming, CBC British Columbia
Panelist – Adrian Crook – Senior Digital Strategist and Civic Advocate; Founder, 5Kids1Condo.com
Panelist – Mariana Brussoni, MA’96, PhD’00 – Developmental Psychologist; Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
Panelist – Negin Riazi – Doctoral Candidate, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia
Panelist – Robyn Pitman – Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia; Registered Clinical Counsellor and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist