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Making Playgrounds a Little More Dangerous

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    Elronnd Link
    I don't buy that for a second. Yes, worse playgrounds are partly to blame for children playing there less, but it's a naïve argument to say that screens don't have any effect.

    “I don’t buy the argument that the screens are keeping the kids from the playgrounds,” said Susan Solomon, an architectural historian and the author of “American Playgrounds.” “If the playgrounds were better, kids would be there. Better playgrounds would definitely give screens a run for their money.”

    I don't buy that for a second. Yes, worse playgrounds are partly to blame for children playing there less, but it's a naïve argument to say that screens don't have any effect.

    1. elcuello Link Parent
      I actually do and she never said it had no effect. I can only talk about my own experiences with my children and friends children but if they have an interesting outdoor alternative they will...

      I actually do and she never said it had no effect. I can only talk about my own experiences with my children and friends children but if they have an interesting outdoor alternative they will choose that 9 out of 10 times unless they're tired or worn out for the day.

      5 votes
    2. Octofox Link Parent
      I feel that its just a convenient fallback. Its so much easier to join an online game with your friends than it is to pester your parents and your friends parents to drive you out to a boring...

      I feel that its just a convenient fallback. Its so much easier to join an online game with your friends than it is to pester your parents and your friends parents to drive you out to a boring playground.

      Our outside spaces have failed and people will happily take the alternative. Maybe if video games didn't exist local councils would be pressured more to design better outside spaces.

      1 vote