Is it Time to Bring Risk Back Into Our Kids’ Playgrounds?
March 15, 2018
Research conducted by Nga Nyuyen, associate professor of anthropology, indicates that "risk and risky play, in particular, is a vital part of our animal/primate heritage.”
Among mammals, she explains, primates have unusually long juvenile periods. That relatively slow pace of development gives youngsters time to acquire skills they need to be successful. She adds: "It is through our engagement with risk ... that we learn how to use our bodies safely to interact with the physical and social challenges in the environment.” Continue reading in NPR.