Tag Archives: Risk Averse

Crossing guards

As I was riding to work today, I stopped for the lollipop woman and teens to cross the road to school. I find this really perplexing… why do high school kids need a crossing guard? When I looked into a … Continue reading

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Do we really want risk management to determine how we interact?

Australians often have a giggle at the policies, events and the people of the United States. From my perspective some things that occur over there are ridiculous, and I chuckle, more from disbelief than humour. The risk culture in the … 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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Learning from our ‘poorer’ neighbours

The last sessions for the Child Friendly Cities Conference Asia-Pacific – Solo City Indonesia are underway. The focus of the conference was children’s participation in decision-making about their lives. Australia and New Zealand were represented, as well as Indonesia, Malysia, … Continue reading

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Stand up or put up? Which gets the best outcomes?

I’ve been observing the media attention on the bullied boy who had enough, and stood up to an attacker. He’s become a bit of a hero, and I can see why. Many of us have been n situations when niggling … Continue reading

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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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Identifying kids on publically accessible blogs – is this an issue?

My friend’s son showed me his photo and his blurb that his dad posted on an open-access blog. My friend is very upset as she is concerned about safety and privacy as she was not asked to provide her consent. … Continue reading

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