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13 December 2018

Outdoor risky play and healthy child development in the shadow of the “risk society”: A forest and nature school perspective

This article discusses the effects of a risk-averse Western society on healthy childhood development. The author proposes a restructuring of the risk conversation toward development and slowly returning to a societal acceptance of reasonable and meaningful risk-taking by children. This could lead to shifts in perception and policy change, allowing teachers and other child and youth care practitioners to allow for outdoor risky play in their programs without fear of litigation. Furthermore, the author argues a child development risk-benefit analysis is sorely needed to re-establish the acceptance of risk in the child development.