Have We Made Our Playgrounds Too Safe?
While most of America has been focusing on making children’s play-spaces safer and risk free, not everyone thinks this is the best way to go. Some playground developers are now saying that risk boosts fitness and brain development.
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I hate when people act like increased safety is a bad thing. Kids do need to be able to explore the world and have some level of risk sure, but things like bike helmets, seat belts and soft ground under a swing set are good things.
Truth is you get a group of 7 year old boys together they are going to find a way to get hurt so this generation is not going to be a bunch of pussies. They will just have fewer blunt force trauma injuries.
I miss getting thrust off the rainbow colored merry-go-round at high speed, mangled by the redneck truck roll bars staggered around the perimeter and then losing skin while sliding across the black top. Luckily there was usually just enough sand on the pavement to soak up any blood in the wounds.
I work on projects where that polymer padding is made. The off gassing will kill the kids before a concussion will.
An affinity for risk is what has allowed America to lead the world. It has been declining to the extant that we value autistic academics over entrepreneurs. Now we resemble the stale, nerdy Europeans more than the down and dirty risk takers that made America great. America needs to remember that failure is an essential ingredient for success.
Bring back the metal swing sets that used to come out of the ground when you would swing really high. Ah the good old days.
I don't see friends jumping from the highest apex of the seesaw, leaving you to crash to the ground, resulting in a bruised tailbone in this picture.
I guess monkey bars set into packed dirt arent too common these days. I bet none of those wimps know how it feels to fall from the top of the jungle gym. Getting the wind knocked out of you as a 7 year old builds character
If you don't already know, that blue stuff on the ground under what they're climbing on is colored chunks of cut-up used tires and the kids will actually "bounce" off of it if ever they were to fall.....I on the other hand grew up playing on monkey bars with a concrete pad under it!? Wow, things really have changed.
@DeathProof Lawyers are fucking assholes. I ought to know, I am one.
@K Dubya Then why are most American men PUSSIES? They were too fucking coddled!
This reminds me of another hazardous playground item from my youth; the first school I attended had one of those cement drainage pipes in the playground. It was big enough for us kindergartners to crawl inside it. Im sure it was left over after they built the school and someome just suggested putting it in the playground I bet its no longer an approved playground item
@ScottRSchmidt wow, that just brought back the memory skinned knees and elbows. bleeding from some abrasion was a consistent thing. you never see that anymore, and if you do some fez wants to call child protective services.
@Ray in Pittsburgh Zyclon B, eh kommrade?
@indpendnt Do you really think safer play equipment removes fear of injury?
@mistawag ...and walk to school up hill, both ways...
@Greatly Fatigued I had no idea so much depended on our kids getting fucked up on shoddy playground equipment. I think I'll put some broken glass in my little one's sneaker. Don't want her to grow up a nerdy european.
@Jerry65 The playground at my kids school has those. I was on one the other day and got motion sick, it sucks getting old
@Kevin in SC I remember hanging from the bars next to other kids and trying to wrap your legs around them and pull them down. Nothing like the loud gulps of air from a kid that fell flat on his back
@Kevin in SC That's because monkey bars have been deemed "racist".
@indpendnt most American men aren't pussies
@K Dubya I think after a few times of them not getting even a headache, it would make them less afraid of a consequence.
Great. Time to make up new Code Words
@indpendnt why are you yelling at me, I said I agree with you
@K Dubya even the developers thinks it helps with brain development. Maybe you should put a crook in one of your chair wheels so your brain will fully develop and you could get my fucking point!
@K Dubya You dear sir are completely retarded! Try a little fucking comprehension. They are getting so they have no fear. Being a LITTLE AFRAID of a consequence is a good thing. That is my point you fucking imbecile! It is the healthy part of experience. Talking to a fucking wall makes more sense.
@indpendnt You know what I changed my mind, you have me convinced. I am going to make sure my kids get hurt so they can get manual labor jobs when they grow up so they are better than all the pinko nerds sitting at their desks.
@K Dubya but you don't understand what labor is, maybe you think rolling a chair is labor. Hence why you think a desk job is a real day of labor.
@K Dubya you don't understand real physical labor? Sarcasm or stupid?
@indpendnt so desk work isn't real?
@K Dubya 1-Not being able to do a real days work. Maybe not in all cases, but MOST!
2-If you were coddled, you can't take a paper cut well. Because you need safety corners or you'll sue for injuries. If you understand you have risks, you will be more careful.
Your 3rd point is missing!?
Three points here:
1. How does working at a desk make you a pussy
2. What does this have to do with the safety of children
@K Dubya how many people do you know that could do a real day of labor for work? Most sit behind a desk.
@K Dubya They have this CRAZY THING HERE anyway. News and Newspaper. Fuck, do I have to do research and post EVERY FUCKING STORY!?
@indpendnt oh, you hear stories...
@K Dubya OK! Well, an example would be my neighbors. They had a kiddie pool filled and expected the older (6-7 yr old)children to watch the toddlers. I see kids running out and riding bikes in the street constantly. I hear stories like that a lot as well. We just had a lovely 11 yo girl in the area impale herself on a broken curtain rod walking up some stairs. She freaked out and pulled it out and her lungs filled blood and was brain dead. Breaks my heart.
@indpendnt I agree 100% about letting them explore the world. getting scrapes and bruises it part of that. But having safety measures to limit serious injuries is a very good thing.
also i don't think most people let their kids raise themselves, I think you are exaggerating a bit. All the other parents I know are very involved in their kids lives and take responsibility for their actions. The "most" you speak of are just a creation of the media and alarmists.
@K Dubya yes I do, but I allow them to experience real life. It makes them a little more cautious in the real world realizing they can be hurt. If you teach your children to think, (such as not running with scissors) they may have a better chance at a longer life. If they don't realize a consequence, they do stupid unsafe things.
BTW-not talking toddler. Most people just let their kids raise themselves, and blame everyone else when their kids get hurt. (IE a litigious society) teach your children well!
@indpendnt You don't have kids do you