I have to write a commentary on a speech about childrens saftey when playing in parks, and that there should be more indoor activites for them?! x
Good morning ladies and gentleman and thank you for joining me. I am here this morning to share with you my views about the activities that we should have in the local area for young children and teenagers. Firstly I am going to talk about our parks, or shall I say the very little amount of parks that we have left. Do you think the parks around here are great? I’ll answer for you. No, they really aren’t. More and more of our parks are getting destroyed by vandalism. The police and you as the local council are not doing anything about it. This is leading to young children getting hurt. As well as this teenagers are buying alcohol and drinking the substance in the young children’s park. Do you want your child to be in this environment? As this is happening children need more things to do. And what I think would be good, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me, is to have indoor activities at our local community centre or even in school halls. This will take children off the streets where there is danger into a safe environment supervised by youth workers. The is a school in the Hartcliffe area called Hareclive Primary School, they have facilities like a dance studio, climbing wall, a sports hall, pool tables, band room and a computer room. These facilities are not being used on the evening, weekends and school holidays. I’m sure that your children would love to be able to have a dance and a ‘kick around’ somewhere safe and warm.
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I think you need to work on presenting this as a balance between safety outside - helmets, parental supervision, picking up trash, organizing park clean-up days, safety patrols to look out for people who don;t belong or who are violating park rules by drinking or doing drugs - and additional indoor activities. The need for indoor recreation should not replace outdoor recreation. Fresh air and sunshine are important, but on rainy days or in extreme cold an indoor dance or game of basketball is great. Having more organized recreation such as fun leagues, too, will keep kids focused on the activity that they are supposed to be doing, not getting in trouble because of lack of structure and supervision. Safety comes from knowing the rules and following the rules.