Mariana Brussoni fondly recalls when she was a kid growing up in urban Calgary, Alta. in the late ‘70s and ‘80s that she and her pals would go down and play near the Bow River, collecting garter snakes. They would often just hang out by the river, throwing rocks in the water, cycling along the path and lying in the sun.
These days, if someone saw children picking up snakes near a river they might call child services and/or the police. This change in parental attitudes towards free play is not necessarily good for our kids, says the lead author of a study that was recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
The study was a systematic review of 21 relevant papers and found that children who participated in "risky" physical activity such as climbing and jumping, rough and tumble play and exploring alone, displayed greater physical and social health.
Brussoni, an assistant professor in the University of British Columbia’s School ofRead More »from School’s out for summer: It’s time to loosen the leash on your kids, say experts