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A 2019 UNICEF Canada report shows that only 21 per cent of children aged five to 11 engage in at least 1.5 hours a day of active play and unstructured activities. (Shutterstock)

If in doubt, let them out — children have the right to play

On the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, let's remember children's right to play.
‘Frozen II’ sees Elsa move towards being herself without fear of harming others. Here, Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, sprinkling snowflakes on Bruni, a salamander. (Disney via AP)

‘Frozen II’ helps children weather risk — and accept change

Frozen II teaches children that venturing into the enchanted forest — stepping outside of comfort zones while looking to trusted guides or companions — can be a place of positive transformation.
Roaming with a group of kids unsupervised in the ‘80s was awesome and your kids deserve that when you assess they can handle the risks. Here, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin in 'Stranger Things,’ Season 2. (Netflix)

When can kids trick-or-treat without adults?

The right age for an unsupervised Halloween is highly debatable, but it's something parents should carefully consider. Some reasonable risk is important for development.

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