Children's Risky Outdoor Play

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There are many types of play that are likely to lead to unintentional childhood injuries and hospitalization for children worldwide. Unintentional injury is ranked in the top 15 causes of death across all children aged 0 – 19 years, with falls, burns, accidental poisoning, drowning and road traffic injuries being the most common. Those individuals who are from more deprived backgrounds are known to have higher levels of injury morbidity and mortality. “Injury prevention plays a key role in promoting children’s safety, which is considered to involve keeping children free from the occurrence or risk of injury” (Brussoni et al., 2012). Some research did show that if parents or caregivers put too many restrictions of the children’s risky outdoor play time, they may be obstructing their development. Play time is critical to a child’s development and to their physical and mental health, putting the children at risks as such obesity, lack of learning, decrease in independences and poor perception and judgement skills. Parents, the media, popular culture, and researchers all have different views on child safety and overprotection of children. Every parent has their own view on how they want to raise their child, some are overprotective over their children and others allow their children to have play…show more content…
There are many factors on how play can affect the child, as Brussoni, Olsen, Pike and Sleet (2012) said children learn about societal roles, norms, and values and develop physical and cognitive competencies, creativity, self-worth and efficacy. When children play it helps them develop the sense of intrinsic interests, how to make decisions, problem solving, following the rules, regulate emotions and maintain and develop peer relationships. If children are restricted from free play then it might potentially lead to lifelong
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