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Banning Tag! Overprotecting Our Kids?
Millennium Radio Group ^ | 7/10/06 | Martin Di Caro

Posted on 07/10/2006 8:37:28 AM PDT by Millee

Only in America in 2006 would a game of tag be considered dangerous. In the name of safety, a number of schools are prohibiting their students at recess from playing traditional games like tag or soccer, claiming that too many children were getting hurt by aggressive play.

The New Jersey School Boards Association doesn't keep statistics on school recess games. Anecdotally, the trend exists. Dodge ball has been out at some schools for years, but banning games such as tag and soccer is a newer development. And some experts say such bans are bad for children.

"We're really overprotecting our kids," says Dr. Steven Tobias, the director of Center for Child and Family Development in Morristown. "Banning games that help kids learn get along, to negotiate rules, to problem solve together, is really to the detriment of the kids overall. There is a danger in trying to cushion the world to our children, rather than helping them learn how to deal with it effectively."

Some schools that have banned tag said the game easily regressed into slapping, then hitting and pushing, instead of just touching.

"If kids are getting hurt, I would tend to look to the supervision or the lack of supervision on the playground," says Tobias. "We have to let kids play in an open-ended way and learn to put limits on themselves and deal with any kids of problems that arise as a result." If things get out of hand, adults who are supervising the children can step in, says Tobias. But he says it is counter-productive to ban certain games altogether.


TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: childhood; playground; tag
Kids need to stop moving, period. They could get hurt. And why are so many of them fat. Makes no sense. /s
1 posted on 07/10/2006 8:37:32 AM PDT by Millee
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To: Millee
In the name of safety, a number of schools are prohibiting their students at recess from playing traditional games like tag or soccer, claiming that too many children were getting hurt by aggressive play.

No wonder boys grow up into wussified metrosexual pansies.
2 posted on 07/10/2006 8:40:12 AM PDT by JamesP81 ("Never let your schooling interfere with your education" --Mark Twain)
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To: Millee
Several years ago I stubbed my toe when I was doing something (I forget what).

Why isn't there a law? Who can I sue?

3 posted on 07/10/2006 8:41:34 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("He hits me, he cries, he runs to the court and sues me.")
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To: ClearCase_guy

All chair legs should have foam around them to avoid injuries. Contact your congressman.


4 posted on 07/10/2006 8:43:20 AM PDT by Millee (Tagline misplaced)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Several years ago I stubbed my toe when I was doing something (I forget what).

Why isn't there a law? Who can I sue?

I know, right?!? The other day I was walking through my house and bumped my shoulder against a wall corner. There should be a law that all corridors have rounded, padded walls.

5 posted on 07/10/2006 8:45:32 AM PDT by Zeppelin (You've been Zarqed !)
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To: Millee

Have you seen those playgrounds with signs that say "No running allowed on the premises"? IMO tag should be allowed - as long as they wear a helmut. /sarc


6 posted on 07/10/2006 8:47:49 AM PDT by loreldan (Without coffee I am nothing.)
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To: Millee

Back in 1963, they banned the game *igger Pile from my school playground. It was probably a good move.


7 posted on 07/10/2006 8:48:50 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Zeppelin

I dream of a world where people like you and I can spend all our time in rooms with padded walls.


8 posted on 07/10/2006 8:49:55 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("He hits me, he cries, he runs to the court and sues me.")
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To: Millee
I am now 21, but I was raised with dodge ball here in NJ. They banned that great game shortly after Columbine. Some parents complained that they did not want their children to be "targets". It's too bad, I really loved playing that, even through high school.
9 posted on 07/10/2006 8:50:04 AM PDT by Theoden (Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum europe vincendarum)
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To: Dixie Yooper

We used to play "Smear the Queer" too. Haven't heard that one mentioned in awhile either. ;o)


10 posted on 07/10/2006 8:50:04 AM PDT by Millee (Tagline misplaced)
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To: Millee
You can still have fun without that nasty physical contact.


11 posted on 07/10/2006 8:50:28 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: JamesP81


No wonder boys grow up into wussified metrosexual pansies.

&&
That's the goal -- the feminization of the culture.


12 posted on 07/10/2006 8:53:51 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: Millee

And many of these people who want to ban tag don't want to ban partial-birth abortion!


13 posted on 07/10/2006 8:53:58 AM PDT by jigsaw (God Bless Our Wonderful Troops.)
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To: Millee

No one came up with Smear the Queer before I was out of grade school. It would have been a great replacment for *igger Pile. We were allowed to use sticks as guns to play army with during recess.


14 posted on 07/10/2006 8:55:06 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: jigsaw

Right. Its ok to drive on the L.A. highway at 16, but you can't play tag at 6. Sheesh. Lord help us.


15 posted on 07/10/2006 9:17:42 AM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: Millee

RED ROVER RED ROVER....SEND MILLEE RIGHT OVER.

Jeesh...how ridiculous. Whatever happened to good ole innocent games? Pathetic...


16 posted on 07/10/2006 10:13:04 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Ask not what the government can do for you. Ask why it doesn't.)
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To: Millee

I heard of a school banning tag as it was in violation of their zero tolerance no touching each other policy. Really.


17 posted on 07/10/2006 10:17:57 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Millee

Banning tag is stupid. Teatherball, however, should be banned immediately!!!!!


18 posted on 07/10/2006 10:21:19 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Millee

When I was in elementary school they would periodically not let us play one sport or another because everyone would get too rough. Generally if Football was banned everyone played soccer until we got too rough in that and went back to football which was legal again.


19 posted on 07/10/2006 10:34:18 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: Theoden

I too am 21, and I too grew up playing dodgeball. such a great game! I'd play it still today if I could round up enough people!

and all this crap about kids feeling like targets...I never got that argument. everyone's a target! sure, people might target some more than others, but that's life, baby! suck it up and try harder next time.


20 posted on 07/10/2006 10:47:09 AM PDT by Zeppelin (You've been Zarqed !)
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To: Millee

It must SUCK to be a kid these days...


21 posted on 07/10/2006 11:08:48 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (You can do that, and be a whack-job pedophile on meth.)
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To: Zeppelin
I guess some were bigger targets than others. I would always pick on the fat kids, lol. Most of the girls would just go out to the sideline and talk anyway, so only the athletic ones were left to get hit, and some of them were pretty good. It was always a lot of fun.

I hate NJ and all of its stupid laws, but I don't want to live anywhere else. It's a paradox that only NJ people would understand, as strange as it must sound to others.
22 posted on 07/10/2006 12:53:55 PM PDT by Theoden (Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum europe vincendarum)
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To: Theoden

don't underestimate the fat kids in dodgeball...some could catch, and when they got their hands on it and hugged it, it was NOT bouncing out...

I totally understand. I have one more semester in Austin, and I absolutely love the town, regardless of how liberal it is. Not too fond of the traffic though...


23 posted on 07/10/2006 2:27:49 PM PDT by Zeppelin (You've been Zarqed !)
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To: JamesP81

Now wait a minute, I'm a little bit Metrosexual, nothing wrong with that.


24 posted on 07/10/2006 2:59:11 PM PDT by Mazda3Fan
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To: Millee

We played the same game except it was called, Kill the man with the ball.


25 posted on 07/10/2006 3:02:39 PM PDT by Mazda3Fan
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