Richmond Made A Playground Risky. Now Another Community Is Following Suit.
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‘The goal is “to raise a generation of kids that feel comfortable with trying new things and being creative and feel comfortable failing,” UBC professor Mariana Brussoni told CTV.
Learning how to handle risks teaches kids how to “protect themselves in challenging environments,” according to University of Texas professor Joe Frost. “The view that children must somehow be sheltered from all risks of injury is a common misconception of adults.”
“The view that children must somehow be sheltered from all risks of injury is a common misconception of adults,” he wrote in a 2006 paper
. Frost said that limiting kids’ outdoor play can harm them later in life during an interview with the Journal of Play
two years later. “It limits their physical fitness, hurts their health, and reduces learning and the ability to cope with trauma,” the professor said. “Research shows that when children engage in free, spontaneous play outdoors, they adapt more readily to their culture, to society, and to the world. They build fine and gross motor skills. They learn to negotiate and solve problems. They stretch their imagination.”