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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mistawag
mistawag

For those that say "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" Try a spinal injury.

DeathProof
DeathProof

Blame lawyers and lawsuits. Playgrounds will be gone sooner rather than later.

Charlie Masheen
Charlie Masheen

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.

Ray in Pittsburgh
Ray in Pittsburgh

I work on projects where that polymer padding is made. The off gassing will kill the kids before a concussion will.

indpendnt
indpendnt

I think it takes common sense away from the kids if they have no fear of being hurt.

mistawag
mistawag

We used to play "wash the car" or "mow the lawn" I think these kids are slackers.

Greatly Fatigued
Greatly Fatigued

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.

Jerry65
Jerry65

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.

harlequincy
harlequincy

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.

Kevin in SC
Kevin in SC

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

jerkstoresean
jerkstoresean

Put the cat shit back in the sandboxes. These kids need to know about bacterial infection

FLpro
FLpro

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.

White Lake Dan
White Lake Dan

I thought Ant didn't allow pics of his back yard! Oh well pretty nice setup for his "friends".

harlequincy
harlequincy

risk boost fitness and brain development? Don't they have pills for this now?

Ziggy Stardust
Ziggy Stardust

This will be great when they jump off the garage and think, "hey, no consequences !! "   

Narc Zito
Narc Zito

When  I was a kid, we had playground bridges over lakes of lava, while a monster at the far side threw hammers at us.  Either that or I played too many video games.

JBinTN
JBinTN

Uncle Paul likes!

M_Architect
M_Architect

No "gets scorching hot in the sun" tall as F' metal slide? These kids have no idea how good they have it!

RonsCigar
RonsCigar

If you want to make it safe, just keep Elmo away.

filler
filler

We never had playgrounds close enough to our house, but we always did have big piles of dirt to play on.

Mikfin
Mikfin

 @DeathProof Lawyers are fucking assholes. I ought to know, I am one.

indpendnt
indpendnt

 @K Dubya Then why are most American men PUSSIES? They were too fucking coddled!

Kevin in SC
Kevin in SC

 @ScottRSchmidt

 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

max_beta
max_beta

 @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
Ray in Pittsburgh

 @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.

HummusMagnate
HummusMagnate

@Greatly Fatigued was that caused by playgrounds or state sponsored education?

FLpro
FLpro

@Toin Coss...Uncle Paul's theme lyrics when referring to the kids on a playground "hangin' round downtown by myself" and "I smell sex and candy here" hehe!

Narc Zito
Narc Zito

 @Toin Coss I hate you for this.  Their one bad song with its incessant airplay destroyed any tolerance I had for their one good song.

Kevin in SC
Kevin in SC

 @filler

 We had lake to go to.  No adult supervision.  Just three kids from the sticks and a several hundred acre lake.  Or parents would be arrested now

vegascable
vegascable

@filler no shit and what's more fun the a dirt clod fight

indpendnt
indpendnt

 @K Dubya I think after a few times of them not getting even a headache, it would make them less afraid of a consequence. 

filler
filler

 @Kevin in SC thats awesome Kevin, I grew up in ABQ so...not a lotta lakes, but we made do with sand, ants, and spiders.

indpendnt
indpendnt

 @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!

indpendnt
indpendnt

 @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
indpendnt

 @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.

indpendnt
indpendnt

 @K Dubya you don't understand real physical labor? Sarcasm or stupid?

indpendnt
indpendnt

 @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!?

 

 

indpendnt
indpendnt

 @K Dubya how many people do you know that could do a real day of labor for work? Most sit behind a desk. 

indpendnt
indpendnt

 @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
indpendnt

 @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
indpendnt

 @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! 

Kevin in SC
Kevin in SC

 @filler

 Where in ALBQ?   I lved there from 1993-1997.  I lived  near Central & Wyoming  for a year or so until it got too scary then lived on  Montgomery near San Mateo .  I made do with hiking trails in the Sandias and good pot.  Not that I would do that NOW.  LOL