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Should Handstands and Cartwheels be banned in school playgrounds?

Handstands and cartwheels have been banned during break times at a primary school in Devon after pupils kept injuring themselves and these activities are now considered too risky.

It is becoming apparent that there are restrictions being imposed on children across the country at break times in school, due to the potential risk factor.

If children are not encouraged to take risks, how are they going to reach their potential as successful adults, if they are protected at this stage in their lives. Surely, learned injuries are hugely important for a child’s development. You only learn your limits when you get close to them.

Is this yet another reflection of how our ‘nannied state’ is restricting independence, development and life learning lessons?

What are your views?  Did real life in the playground toughen you up? Are extreme Health & Safety measures stifling children’s learning experiences? Or do you think our children and grandchildren should be wrapped in cotton wool? 

Should Handstands and Cartwheels be banned in school playgrounds?

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redskins
6th Jul 2015
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It's not the nanny state to blame all the time it's people wanting to sue /attach blame /make someone pay.The number of scrapes/cuts/bruises I had in school/out of school.Let kids be kids the serious stuff comes later.
SHOEFLY
4th Jul 2015
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I am nearly sixty and bet my husband a box of chocs that i could still do a hand stand, he lost. I learnt that in the play ground
Marley444
23rd Jun 2015
1
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Another example of the world gone mad and over the top risk analysis!
helgahobby
22nd Jun 2015
4
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For goodness sake! Let the kids live, part of growing up means, cuts and scrapes, bruises and tears. How can they experience life from a cocoon of H&S gone mad.
stephee
5th Jul 2015
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l totally agree with you helgahobby
abbypad
20th Jun 2015
1
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Kids need to play and there are some games a bit better than others . Rather risk a few bruises in active pastimes than diabetes & obesity by sitting on backside all day . How will they cope as adults if never taught how to manage risks as kids ?
dotdot
19th Jun 2015
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Are these restictions really about health & safety or could be the fear of establishments being sued for negligence? It's a shame because it stops children having fun and adventures. I say this as a Mother & Grandmother who has always erred on the side of caution!
nagonthenet
19th Jun 2015
1
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When is the bubble wrap going to come off today's kids!
silverwolf
19th Jun 2015
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It hasn't hurt generations of children who have previously done these things. It always comes down to someone trying to keep their backside covered...
dancingqueen
19th Jun 2015
3
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What next?!! Some schools have banned children from running, skipping with a rope, conkering, playing marbles, the list goes on. This has nothing to do with preventing children from getting hurt, for goodness sake, it's a fact of life, children will get hurt in the normal rough and tumble of school playtime. This was accepted generally years ago when I was at school but not now. Today schools are more worried about getting sued by money-grabbing parents or failing some stupid health and safety rules than children having fun and being healthy playing outdoors. Why don't we just wrap them all in cotton wool and keep them indoors at all times!!!!
sparrer
19th Jun 2015
4
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Oh for goodness' sake, what a load of nonsense! We all survived, didn't we, albeit with the odd broken arm or leg which we were very proud of. I can't believe this country has sunk to such depths as to stop children playing. Whatever next, hopscotch as it might deform a child hopping on one leg, marbles as it could lead to gambling, Simon Says because it's very name sexist....no, I'd better stop before I give the faceless do-gooders ideas!
GrannyJack
19th Jun 2015
2
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Why can't children be children?
Barbara58
19th Jun 2015
2
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Another example of PC gone mad! No wonder child obesity is growing at such alarming rates. Play time is for running around, not standing around.
(ex PE Teacher)
Mabes
17th Jun 2015
2
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This is fun for kids, maybe you will fall but how do you learn if you are not allowed to take the knocks. There will be enough knocks coming to them in adult life and they must learn how to cope
janevalv59
16th Jun 2015
4
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children are built to play snd learn through taking risks. as a child we spent many hours in a group riding bikes exploring and looking out for each other.we grew up tk be independent redpondibke adults who knew how to calculate the risk in most situations
JaneyW
16th Jun 2015
3
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Playing these sorts of games teaches children to be responsible and caring because they should be checking for a relatively clear space before cartwheeling or doing a handstand. However, bumping into each other whilst playing is just part of growing up and helps children to understand that there are risks in every activity and from that they learn to minimise these.
Baxi
16th Jun 2015
3
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I agree with everyone else's thoughts on this. It's the nanny state gone mad again!
Pete H
16th Jun 2015
4
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This is total madness!! Our children and grandchildren are mollicoddled enough already - with petty health and safety regulations interfering with everything that we used to enjoy as kids.

How are children supposed to learn without taking a few risks? They should be let loose a bit more an encouraged to stop glaring and their smartphones and explore the world for themselves.
Munsterlander
16th Jun 2015
6
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Sometimes I cannot believe what I read in the papers. How on earth can they can ban kids playing games like this. I think the world has gone mad. When I was young we had a paved school yard and used to have all manner of sports and running about. Sure kids got some cuts and bruising but it was all part of growing up!
teejay
16th Jun 2015
4
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I really dont know how I survived childhood,I lived in the country, and was always climbing trees,some very high,yes I fell every now and then,but that was all part of it. What sort of lily livered generation we bring up.
Jo Kingham
16th Jun 2015
4
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No, no. no for goodness sake- it's all part of growing up. Children have to experience different things and part of that is getting hurt sometimes. We used to play things like Red Rover in the playground and people always got hurt - you just dusted yourself down and got on with it.

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