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| 2011|
| Eggo Soriano
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[assignment 1 – ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF leisure activities for children in the pacific]Abstract| Leisure activity is beneficial when managed and properly organised as they are in the traditional and cultural lifestyles of the Pacific. These conditions need to be adapted and maintained in modern and evolving cultures to maximise positive effects of leisure activities on children.|

PLAN
Type:Point by point method
Title:The advantages and disadvantages leisure activities present to children in the Pacific.
Introduction
Context:What leisure activities presents for children in the Pacific in terms of social and physical development.
Subject:Leisure Activities
Limited Subject - Advantages and disadvantages, Children, Pacific
Thesis
While leisure activities are perceived to present some disadvantages to children in the Pacific, there are more advantages it presents in terms of social and physical development.
Support for Thesis
1. Argument 1-Screen based activities are bad for children. a. Addictive
b. Negative influence

2. Refutation 1-Screen based activities are beneficial. c. Many children do not have easy access to them
d. Mainly used for educational purposes.
e. Mainly used for social networking

3. Argument 2-Leisure sedentary activities are unhealthy f. Cause children to develop lazy and inactive lifestyle g. Cause children to be obese-prone

4. Refutation 2-Leisure activities are norms in pacific cultures h. Develop knowledge of history & identity
i. Develop survival skills
j. Develop physical fitness
Conclusion
In the Pacific, leisure is part of island culture and is mostly useful for the social and physical development of children – this is a norm of the ‘Pacific Way’.
Leisure activity is beneficial when managed and properly organised as they are in the traditional and cultural lifestyles of the Pacific. These conditions need to be adapted and maintained in modern and evolving cultures to maximise positive effects of leisure activities on children.

ESSAY
The general trend in leisure activities in the world today has led to heightened disagreement and debates on the advantages and disadvantages it has for children. This paper discusses the effects of leisure activities particularly for children in the Pacific. In the 1970’s a slogan – ‘The Pacific Way’ was used to describe and summarise the unique and vast cultures in the Pacific. In essence, the Pacific Way referred to the laid-back and relaxing lifestyle of Pacific island communities, with a lower priority for mandatory work and more time and resources spent on cultural and leisure activities. [ (Crocombe, 1929) ] This essay theorises that, while leisure activities are perceived to present some disadvantages to children in the Pacific, there are more advantages in terms of social and physical development. To begin with, many argue that spending too much time watching television or playing video games has a negative effect on the mental development of children. A report on physical activity research in Australia revealed that more than 92 percent of children involved in the survey spent more than an hour on screen based activities, while 72 percent spent a mere half hour on reading for homework [ (Australian Bureau of Stastistics, 2009) ]. This indicates an alarming increase in number of children spending extended time on screen based leisure activity. According to Kaiser and Rasminsky (2003, pg.42) “children spend an average of 35 hours a week” on screen based activity and further attributes dysfunctional emotional and mental development to violent media emanated through these mediums. These may be true of more developed countries. In contrast, most Pacific island countries are regarded third world countries and the availability of a personal or home...
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