Can Playgrounds Be Too Safe?

When I was a kiddo, my favorite playground activities were climbing to the top of the monkey bars and spinning way too fast on the merry-go-round. Since then, playgrounds have become increasingly more safe, and according to the New York Times, less mentally stimulating. The article argues that these changes have resulted in kids being less willing to take risks and more of them developing life-long fears -things that are a lot worse than an occasional broken bone.

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The times Vonskippy and I agree can be counted on the fingers of one foot.

Eliminating playgrounds entirely is the only solution. That eliminated the civic expense of maintaining them, the liability of accidents happening within them and the opportunity for bullies to dominate them.

When will our local governments realize the horrors they support?
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