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Play on a Third World Playground — Check!

 Hi folks! Our Sunday reading comes to us from far away — Hyderabad, India. It’s by Stephanie Smith Diamond who writes, runs, and studies for her master’s degree in political science there. She blogs at Where in the World Am I?  – L. Dear Free-Range Kids: I recently came across your blog and read your book. I’d […]

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Mind-boggling SENSE About Play, Injuries & Rules

Mind-boggling SENSE About Play, Injuries & Rules

Readers, once in a while – if you ignore the school safety drills involving real helicopters and the school boy suspensions involving imaginary guns  – you can feel like things are going in exactly the right direction. This is one of those moments. Look at this article, “Call to Ditch Red Tape on Playtime Safety”: […]

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Dangerous Playground Structure Suddenly Not Dangerous

Dangerous Playground Structure Suddenly Not Dangerous

Hey Readers — You may recall this post from two weeks ago about playground equipment purchased by a Fairfax, VA, PTA from a reputable manufacturer that was installed at a local grammar school over the summer and then suddenly declared “unsafe.” Since Nov. 30 it had been wrapped up in tape of every sort — […]

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Playgrounds Getting TOO Safe?

Playgrounds Getting TOO Safe?

Hi Readers — A bunch of you sent me links to this wonderful NY Times story by John Tierney yesterday, about how maybe we have been making playgrounds SO safe that they actually stunt our kids’ development. (Or at least make it too boring for anyone over 7 to want to go play.) It’s a point […]

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Hey Kids! Get Away From That Playground!!

The headline on this USA Today story sums it up: Playgrounds: They’re safer but still can be dangerous. As opposed to — what? Anything can be dangerous.  Nothing can be 100% safe. Yesterday a man walking through Central Park got hit by a falling branch and now he’s in a coma. Should we cordon off Central […]

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