The Impact of Bandung City's Rapid Development on children's Independent Mobility and Access to Friendly Play Environments

Riela Provi Drianda, Isami Kinoshita, Ismail Said

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This study explored the extent to which the enormous development in Bandung City, Indonesia has some bearing on local children as the youngest inhabitants. In particular, it focused on the issue of children's independent mobility and the availability of friendly play environments in children's neighbourhoods. The result of this study showed that the development of Bandung City has created a disparity in access regarding children's opportunities for mobility as well as participation in friendly play environments. This study identified that many children were allowed to visit two places - local shops and the local mosque - without accompanying elders. This study also recognised children's desires to have appropriately designed play spaces, such as parks that are equipped with play equipment and rich in nature. Thus, this study argues the necessity to preserve the remaining and add a significant number of new, free, outdoor play spaces in the city.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-650
Number of pages14
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes



  • Childhood
  • Children
  • Indonesia
  • Play

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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