The sltrib.com recently ran a headline that read: “About 1,700 Utah elementary students injured yearly on school playgrounds, study says: Over 3 years, enough students were injured annually to fill 24 school buses.”
Nothing in life is 100 percent safe. And playgrounds perform a valuable function. They provide students with important experiences in socialization and the physical activity is important to emotional and physical development.
If anything, I would argue that United States is perhaps making its playgrounds too safe. School children need challenges. They need to push themselves.
According to the Tribune article:
Most common activities leading to injuries were playing on bars, 26.5 percent; running, 23.5 percent; and walking, at 6 percent.
Really, running and walking constituted almost 30 percent of the injuries? These would happen with or without playgrounds.
School playground equipment provides a valuable service for our elementary school students. The Tribune should know better than try and sensationalize the issue of injuries.
Read more on the issue here.