Discussion: Safety Scenarios Module 6 Page 16 (5/7)

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There is a growing body of research that highlights the benefits for children when play environments provide risk and challenge. There is also corresponding evidence of negative outcomes when children are not given such opportunities. When planning for play environments and activities, safety considerations need to be balanced with children’s needs for play, learning and fun. Risk free play environments can actually diminish learning and development opportunities for children.
Possible further points to discuss: ​Distinguish between a challenge and a hazard when it comes to risky child activities. ​For example, a challenge is something obvious to the child where he/she can determine their ability and decide whether to take that risk. Whereas a hazard can be viewed as something unseen or not obvious to the child that often results in injury. Both are risks.
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