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posted by n1 on Friday June 13 2014, @09:48AM   Printer-friendly
from the we-could-start-a-riot dept.

In contrast to the modern trend of helicopter parenting and safety-first playgrounds, one school in New Zealand has decided to completely do away with rules during recess playtime to great effect. They aren't alone in this reversal, some of which can be justified by a study showing that children who injured themselves by falling from heights grow up to be less fearful of heights than those who weren't hurt.

 
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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Sir Garlon on Friday June 13 2014, @10:24AM

    by Sir Garlon (1264) on Friday June 13 2014, @10:24AM (#54883)

    You can address the severity of likely injury micro-managing the kids' behavior. For example, don't build the jungle gym high enough that a child will have a high probability of head or spinal injury if she falls. Cut down the trees inside the playground so the children can't climb 10 meters high and fall onto asphalt. Then you can create a playground where as long as the kids stay inside the fence, they're safe enough -- for an engineer's (or an actuary's) definition of safety.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Sir Garlon on Friday June 13 2014, @11:42AM

    by Sir Garlon (1264) on Friday June 13 2014, @11:42AM (#54907)

    Drat, I posted before coffee. First sentence should read, "You can address the severity of likely injury *without* micro-managing the kids' behavior."

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  • (Score: 2) by Alfred on Friday June 13 2014, @01:18PM

    by Alfred (4006) on Friday June 13 2014, @01:18PM (#54932) Journal

    Forget climbing, does this mean the kids can play tag?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @01:35PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13 2014, @01:35PM (#54938)

      They can do anything they want. They can even do stuff where they hurt each other as long as all the kids involved are OK with getting hurt (i.e. no bullying, but tackle football is fine).