How Safe is Too Safe?

Royalty-Free Stock Imagery by RubberballThis week is National Playground Safety Week (NPSW), a time designated by the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) to focus on children’s outdoor play environments and pledge to use good judgment when playing.

We commend NPPS for their ongoing dedication to supporting safe and developmentally appropriate play environments.

The observance of this special week got us wondering: Is there such a thing as being overly cautious when it comes to letting our kids play?  Could some individuals’ zeal to protect children today unintentionally jeopardize the health of future generations?

It’s true that today’s playgrounds are safer than ever before – thanks in part to the efforts of organizations such as NPPS – but could too many precautions actually do more harm than good by restricting children’s ability to play freely?

Childhood obesity has reached epic proportions. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. And for the first time in U.S. history, children are expected to die at an earlier age than their parents.

At Playworld Systems, we believe outdoor play is essential to a child’s physical well-being and sets the foundation for a lifetime of healthy activity.

We know playgrounds must be safe, but as a society, are we so concerned with precautionary measures and avoiding injury that we’re sacrificing the future health of our children?

What do you think?

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