Are Playgrounds Too Safe?

Jill Harness

Many of us grew up in an era when playgrounds were still risky fun. But playgrounds have become increasingly stripped of their potentially dangerous equipment. These days, they're safe havens for our little babes, but a New York Times article asks if that's actually good for them in the long run. As it turns out, all that safety might be hindering the tot's development. Sure, broken bones are no fun. But by playing on tall jungle gyms and monkey bars, kids learn to overcome their fears and become much less likely to be afraid of heights later on.

Is it better to let kids run risks or protect them from injuries? Are playgrounds becoming too safe? Anyone have any particularly nasty playground injury stories?

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