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Re-thinking risk: Are children too safe for their own good?

Webinar: Re-thinking risk: Are children too safe for their own good?
When: Wednesday April 10th, 2019 at noon EDT
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It used to be normal for children to spend long hours outdoors and away from watchful adults. Today, children spend more time indoors and in supervised, structured activities. Research is mounting on the importance of giving kids more opportunities for risky play outdoors. Risky play is thrilling and exciting play where children test their boundaries and flirt with uncertainty. They climb trees, build forts, roam the neighbourhood with friends or play capture the flag. This kind of play is associated with children’s health, development and well-being. This webinar will explore the evidence regarding causes and effects of changing childhoods, as well as strategies to restore balance

Dr. Mariana Brussoni is a developmental psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She is an investigator with the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the British Columbia Injury Research & Prevention Unit. Mariana investigates child injury prevention and children’s risky play. She is leading research to develop an index of the playability of the built environment for children aged 10-13 years; and research to develop and test and tool to reframe parents’ risk perceptions related to outdoor play. More details available at