Germany makes playgrounds riskier again

Germany makes playgrounds riskier again. By Joanne Jacobs.

When I was in kindergarten, the playground roundabout was for older kids. I longed to be old enough to give it a try. On the first day of first grade, I saw it was gone. Someone had fallen off and broken a collarbone. I would never have my chance.

Too dangerous for today’s feminized children

Germany is making playgrounds riskier so children will grow up “risk competent,” writes Lenore Skenazy on Reason.

Insurance companies pushed for equipment, such as taller climbing structures, that teach children how to assess risks. They cited a 2004 study that found that “children who had improved their motor skills in playgrounds at an early age were less likely to suffer accidents as they got older,” reports The Guardian.

Women tend to protect kids more, and men tend to encourage them to take small risks as part of a longer term strategy to protect them in the long run. As society became more feminized, playgrounds grew safer and more boring — but it’s gone too far. Some young children I know are scornful of  modern playgrounds.