#5 I have a right to express myself as a player and person (and talk about flies) and not conform to adult values.GAME PLAY LEARN Players Rights Charter
While we can all get hung up at times on player development, training methodology, practice design and all those other adult-driven concepts which give us the illusion that we are in control of the process of a child’s development, every now and again the children themselves give a stark reminder of who we are actually dealing with.
I was given one of these reminders in a session I did recently with a group of 9 year olds.
The session was designed in order for the players to begin to understand the principle of ‘Support.’ The kids were playing a game of 4v4 with some task constraints.
After about 5mins I stopped the kids and asked them what they had noticed after I had changed one of the rules of the game?
After waiting a few seconds for an answer, one player put his hand up and gave an answer that told me nothing about the practice, but everything about the group of players I was working with:
“I’ve noticed there are a lot of flies around today.”
After we all had a good laugh I allowed the game to continue uninterrupted until the end of the practice.
It served as a wonderful reminder to me that kids aren’t mini-adults and gave me a great insight into the mind of a child during a practice session. The same child probably also still believes in Santa Claus.
We have a responsibility as adults to uphold the rights of the child.
Rights are things every child should have or be able to do.
All children have the same rights.