There is no shortage of people criticizing the modern day playgrounds with comparison to the playgrounds a couple of years ago. One thing that they forget is the constant state of worry that parents used to be in for the safety and security of their little ones. Children need to take calculated risks on the school playground equipment according to experts. However, parents prioritize the safety of the kids over everything else. To approach this problem, the playgrounds of modern day are being designed to keep both these factors in concern and these features extend beyond the foam padding for playground surfaces only.
This is the time to let the kids out of the bubble wrap and allow them to explore their surroundings, take harmless risks and learn to deal with the world. The playgrounds in the modern times are dedicated to both these purposes, security and fun at the same time. The playgrounds have equipment that is more risky but a lot more fun for kids too, and also a necessity for their learning and development of courage and mindfulness. To help the parents accept this new approach towards addition of a little risk, it would be good to note that these changes have taken place as a result of a lot of research and related study. There is significant study gone into this new change and according to experts, kids need to make mistakes and learn from them.
Research has also shown that falling from even three meters does not lead to increase in injuries but it helps kids in realizing and tackling risks by a great deal. There is also an opinion that those kids who are exposed to too little challenges are more prone to take excessive risks and get injured as a result, while those children who are used to handling and taking risks are more prudent and able to handle risky situations with better understanding. This shows that even if children sustain minor injuries in their play routines, they are better off in their life generally, as they get to use their judgment very early on and learn from the minor accidents they have while they take risks on their school playground.
While parents do agree to these necessities for their children, they still feel more comfortable if they are sure of the safety of their little ones on the school playground equipment and even on commercial places. It is also more convenient if parents don’t have to constantly watch over their kids while they play. Over the past few years, many such changes have been incorporated in the kids’ play areas, including foam padding for playground surfaces, better food availability near play places, safer transportation and more information on health of the children. However, parents need to remember that while the playgrounds have made things easier for them and their little ones, they still need to stay mindful of the activities of the little ones.
That said, it is a positive change in the designing and building of playgrounds that the concerns of safety are being considered pragmatically along with the preservation of the primary purpose of playgrounds, that is to allow kids to have fun and learn from their mistakes in a proper social environment.