The biggest risk is keeping kids indoors

July 20, 2016 at 9:33 am 1 comment

kidsEarly this year, a group of Canadian researchers published the first-ever Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play. This evidence-based document was created in response to the ongoing heated debate about the relative benefits and harms of active outdoor play. Its conclusion was supported by 95 percent of the stakeholders who were involved in the Position Statement’s writing:

“Access to active play in nature and outdoors—with its risks— is essential for healthy child development. We recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings—at home, at school, in child care, the community and nature.”

The Position Statement makes for an interesting (and validating) read for anyone who tends toward free-range parenting, and it should quell the fears of many hyper-parents by showing that many of their biggest fears are not backed up by data.

The Position Statement explains what really is risky for kids, which is, ironically, what many parents do with the intention of protecting their kids – keeping them inside.

Read The biggest risk is keeping kids indoors at Katherine Martinko at


Entry filed under: Health/Wellness, Students/Youth.

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  • 1. Edwina Fort  |  July 20, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Totally agree with your position.



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