Are we really keeping kids safe by child-proofing our playgrounds? Here’s what Dr. Sandseter and a fellow psychologist, Leif Kennair, of the Norwegian University for Science and Technology had to say:
“Climbing equipment needs to be high enough, or else it will be too boring in the long run. Children approach thrills and risks in a progressive manner, and very few children would try to climb to the highest point for the first time they climb. The best thing is to let children encounter these challenges from an early age, and they will then progressively learn to master them through their play.
“By gradually exposing themselves to more and more dangers on the playground, children are using the same habituation techniques developed by therapists to help adults conquer phobias.”