Category Archives: News and Research

When good laws go bad: Zealous interpretation of everyday life

Existing laws in Australia can criminalise parents for leaving their kids unattended as this article shows – including letting kids walk to and from school and other places – something I have highlighted in my research. Three things really get … Continue reading

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On Thursday 31 May 2012, there was a great article in the Melbourne Herald Sun about children’s play in school yards. Paul Tranter, an academic in Canberra, studied the change in children’s behaviour when they were given ‘loose materials’ for … Continue reading

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Are we missing the point re: kids going places by themselves?

In 2010, a report was produced for VicHealth – a quasi-government health promotion agency. The report: Nothing but fear itself: Parental fear as a determinant impacting on children’s and young people’s physical activity and independent mobility is quite good. It … Continue reading

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Simple pleasures that are ‘worth the risk’: hold tight, lift your knees and let go as you reach the top of the arch…

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Accident & injury stats – Almost fear mongering with pretty ordinary stats

In the Hearld Sun on Monday 14 February, there was an article about the number of kids experiencing ‘serious’ accidents in playgrounds. The article mentioned Monash University Accident Research Centre study results, and a few numbers dance around the text: … Continue reading

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Go Kart, Billy Cart… and thoughts about town/urban planning and design!

A friend came to visit me in the ‘country’ (or peri-urban development if you prefer) last weekend with her two kids (aged 8 and 10). Knowing that there are certain things that kids cannot do in a small inner-city flat, … Continue reading

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