Playing It Too Safe?
I don’t know about you, but after I finished reading our cover story this month on playground safety, I had to wonder how I survived childhood. It made me want to amend the old saying about cats and their nine lives to include kids. When I grew up, the fancy playgrounds had asphalt surfacing and climbing apparatus better suited to military basic training. Now that I’ve dated myself, I can easily say that the safety advances in playground design and construction have been immense.
So, it is more with amusement than concern that I hear about schools of thought claiming playgrounds have become too safe. An article published last summer in the New York Times articulated this very lament: “Even if children do suffer fewer physical injuries — and the evidence for that is debata....
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