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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: 3, Informative) by Adrian Harvey on Friday June 13 2014, @05:44PM

    by Adrian Harvey (222) on Friday June 13 2014, @05:44PM (#55065)

    I should point out here that the article is about New Zealand and there is no 'sue them' culture there. Because you can't. The right to sue for things like playground accidents was abolished long ago and replaced with a government run accident compensation / rehabilitation scheme called ACC. ACC levies employers, employees and other things (like petrol) and fund and support medical expenses, rehab, etc. They obviously work to keep unsafe things in check too, and levies also vary with risk, so H&S is just as important as anywhere. But it's not driven by fear of being sued...

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