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Overprotected Kids, Super-safe Playgrounds, and Health, April 16

April 16, 2015
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D minus. That’s the physical activity grade our children earned from Active Healthy Kids Canada’s survey of 14 nations. Prior generations of kids walked to school; now they’re driven. Children used to play outdoors, unsupervised. Now they’re only in organized sports, or watched by hovering parents. 

Why this societal change? Why have so many parenting practices become highly risk-adverse? Is our world really more dangerous? Why are so many playgrounds unchallenging and boring? What are the impacts on a generation’s physical and emotional health?

Helping us to explore this topic are Asst. Prof. Mariana Brussoni, Developmental Psychologist at UBC, who has studied the effects of changed attitudes and public policies; and Jeff Cutler, a landscape architect and the Principal of space2place design inc. a landscape architecture and urban design studio founded in 2001.

Then it’s your turn to question, observe, offer your perspective and opinion. Feel free to bring your lunch.

When: Thursday, April 16, 2015

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: SFU Vancouver Campus, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 1600

Cost: Free

For more information on this event, please visit the SFU Public Square City Conversations website.