Playgrounds advocates say kids need more risk

Article published in the Waikato Times: April 29:

“…kids are being wrapped in cotton wool and need to learn how to deal with risk. That’s the message from play advocates at a national conference in Hamilton this week, who think playgrounds need to have space for youngsters to climb trees, get grubby and learn how to look out for themselves”

“Australian Landscape Architect Fiona Robbé… spoke at the NZ Recreation Association conference at Claudelands Events Centre and came billed as an international playspace guru.”

“Playground risks tended to take up all of people’s attention and they didn’t always weigh them up against benefits, Robbé said. And the benefits are far outweighing the risks”

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A bit of challenge in the playground can be good for kids, says Australian landscape architect Fiona Robbe. Photo: Christel Yardley: Waikato Times