Risky Play and Children's Safety

Balancing Priorities For Optimal Development

By:

Name of Student: Cylan Daquioag

Course Code: ECE112-NBB

Professor's Name: Louise Jupp

The Importance Of Free Play

The importance of free play is to recognize how young children's development and learning happens. Through play children are able to learn societal roles and values and develop physical and cognitive development through creativity,self worth and efficacy. Children development basic interests ,by learning how to make decisions ,problem solve, apply self control.

Children are able to follow rules , control emotions ,and develop and maintain peer relationships. Children also have report being happy when at play.Two classes include 21% of free play and child initiated activity as their major component. Direct instruction of academic skills are allowed only 2%.


Furthermore findings underline free play is more fundamental to a healthy child's development. In children their brain areas house regulatory skills which will help control impulsive urges and promote self-reflection ,creativity and empathy. Children are able to develop their motor fitness and abilities, environmental awareness as well as promoting creativity.

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Support For Outdoor Risky Play

Undoubtedly, children have a greater desire for risks than others. Children susceptibility have some form of degree of risky play that appears to be universal. Preschool children engage in outdoor free play that deliberate exposures to risks, such as playing on heights and high speeds. Children appeared to understand their physical competencies at their level of risk they are comfortable with and moderate their risky play to these internal boundaries.

A study of Australian children 48 to 64 months collected observational and interview data that 38 children provided with a choice that 74% of participants preferred to play on more challenging playground equipment. They may have found a correlation between children's willingness to engage in risk taking behaviors and actual risk taking behaviors. Support concerns that absence of opportunities for outdoor risky play will result in children disengaging from physical activity.Research suggests if children perceive they are not obtaining challenging and interesting risky play opportunities in public areas ,but tend to seek these opportunities elsewhere.


Children aged 11 to 14 years in a deprive area indicate that over 40% regularly visited and played in wastelands, building sites,underpasses rivers,abandoned buildings and quarries. Those children also are more likely to have sustained an injury in the previous month.

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Safety And Managed Risks

Parental concerns regarding children's safety. The most significant influence on children's access to independent play. Research has found that parents recognize restrictions on children's play has the potential for putting their children at risk once they gain more independence. Most children felt strongly about being having enough opportunities for assessing risks for themselves. Taking risks allowed them to display courage and physical skills to themselves and their peers. Too many injuries indicated carelessness and clumsiness. Furthermore, children felt that they,are not their parents ,were they are primarily responsible for their own safety.


Children learn risk management strategies for themselves and their peers as a result of of risky play experiences. Observational studies say children at play found they expose themselves to risk but display clear strategies for mitigating harm. Children are aware of potential dangers and adjusted activities accordingly. Children develop risks and experiences not only to develop understanding of their own constitutions and skills,but also of playmates.


Children's engagement in risky play has adaptive fear of heights. Naturally and progressively exposing them selves to stimuli. Sufficiently risky play opportunities ,they will not experience their ability to cope with fear including situations. Children will maintain their fear, with will translate anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder are the most prevalent mental disorder in children and adolescents, and parental over protection has been associated with increased rates.

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