Skip to comments.In the pursuit of safety, teeter-totters and swings are disappearing from playgrounds (whimpy libs)
Posted on 07/19/2005 6:59:02 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
Andrea Levin is grateful that Broward County schools care about her daughter's safety. But this year when they posted a sign that demanded "no running" on the playground, it seemed like overkill.
"I realize we want to keep kids from cracking their heads open," said Levin, whose daughter is a Gator Run Elementary fifth grader in Weston. "But there has to be a place where they can get out and run."
Broward's "Rules of the Playground" signs, bought from an equipment catalogue and displayed at all 137 elementary schools in the district, are just one of several steps taken to cut down on injuries and the lawsuits they inspire.
"It's too tight around the equipment to be running," said Safety Director Jerry Graziose, the Broward County official who ordered the signs. "Our job was to try to control it."
How about swings or those hand-pulled merry-go-rounds?
"Nope. They've got moving parts. Moving parts on equipment is the number one cause of injury on the playgrounds."
"Nope. That's moving too."
"Well, I have to be careful about animals" turning them into litter boxes.
Cement crawl tubes?
"Vagrants. The longer they are, the higher possibility that a vagrant could stay in them. We have shorter ones now that are made out of plastic or fiberglass."
Broward playgrounds aren't the only ones to avoid equipment that most adults remember. Swings, merry-go-rounds, teeter-totters and other old standards are vanishing from schools and parks around the country, according to the National Program for Playground Safety.
"Kids aren't using them the way they're supposed to," said the agency's director, Donna Thompson, who led a national effort to get rid of animal swings two years ago. "I'm pleased that a lot of these are disappearing."
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I remember the dumbing-down of playgrounds that occurred from the late 1970s straight through the 1980s. I can't believe they could possibly get any softer.
Stupid! Just stupid...! And then these same stupid lib weenies go and complain about child obesity and lament their lack of exercise! Stupid, I say!
I played Baseball when I was a kid. My best friend and I played on the same team when we were kids. We even rode to the hospital together once due to injuries sustained in the same game.
Oh no - creativity in a child! Squash that independence now, before they grow up to be pill and therapy-free...
(They may even vote in their own interest someday!)
Oh the horror.
They wonder why the kids are fat. But I guess it allows all those sue happy trial lawyers a chance to cash in twice. Once from the school district and the equipment manufacturers for having dangerous equipment and then from the fast food folks for letting the kids get porky.
LOL! Stupid ignorant morons.
When I was in the 6th grade or so (approx. 1981?) , I remember it being taken down from my former elementary school's playground because some idiot kid had broken his arm.
I've wondered why Gen Xers on this forum all seem to be such whiners. I just realized that it was when they were kids that all the cool (and risky) stuff started to disappear, they were raised not to take chances. I hope the Hindus got the re-incarnation thing wrong, I'd hate to come back to such a pussified world.
That pretty much explains why obesity is such a problem for children and teenagers. Of course the health problems associated with obesity are responsible for taking more life expectancy than playground accidents.
"I don't know if that would mean much to a 6-year-old," Bartleman said of the signs. "How does a child know what's appropriate for their age group?"
I'm sure the lawyers already have that question answered.
The plastic child safe playground equipment in our local parks are jokes. The kids can't slide down the slide because it isn't slippery enough. They have to pull themselves down with their legs. They almost didn't put the merry go round back in the park when they did a make-over. Thankfully they heard about it and put it in. They did add a skirt that probably does make it more safe. But at least the kiddos can still get dizzy.
My granddaughter tripped on a raised tree root. She fell and knocked out her four front teeth.
Time to rid playgrounds from those dangerous, menacing trees.
Who ever said that living one's life would be without risks?
Could also read...no parents are supervising.
Slap you in the face with a tetherball. WHAP!
Playgrounds are being phased out and replaced by video games. And people wonder why kids are getting fat
And people wonder why kids seem lazy?
Because there is no motivation. Parents need to teach kids that life is always faced with risks, but fear will eliminate motivation.
Life is more than a remote control and a bag of potato chips. But we are protecting the children from bumps and scrapes and all the things that hurt their self esteem.
Welcome to the "wussification of America".
When I was a kid, we would swing as high as possible so we could 'bail out'. Sometimes we'd swing so high we'd get too much slack in the chain and get dumped out on our faces. 'Jungle Gym' sets were where some kids got teeth knocked out; tether ball would slap us silly if we weren't watching, and all of these fun things were open and available after school to play on - unregulated! - oh the horrors...
Life is short. Play hard.
I reckon the iron monkey bars set in a concrete pad that I grew up with are now out of the question.
We had a see saw in our back yard and my rotten brother would get me way up in the air ---- and then jump off. Or give it a big bump and I'd leave the seat. Thank goodness they don't have them in playgrounds Think of the suits!!
When the swings went from those great flat wooden ones to the stupid things they have now, the end was in sight.
I loved the swings better than anything. I'd get it as high as I could and then jump off and go sailing.
I hear the jungle gym is going, too. My husband and I used to play on it.
In Europe they had, or have, self-powered little ferris wheels. Never saw one in the USA, even pre-nanny state. Lemee find a pic...
We had a good set of monkey bars at my school. In the 5th grade, we were trying to see who could skip the most bars and grab the bar and hold on. I cleared four bars. I tried to clear five bars and missed. Face first in the tanbark. I couldn't see for a few minutes and had a face full of splinters. We made sure the teacher didn't notice, we didn't want to get in trouble.
And they wonder why there's an epidemic of childhood obesity. These kids are told they should exercise more, but then they're barely allowed to move!
Nope, not it.
Some of us remember hard-seated swings, that we could eject ourselves from at the top of the arc.
In many inner cities, the swings and teeter-totters at school have been replaced by 9mm handguns.
This is the Netherlands. Could you imagine the lawyers allowing a US playground with moving items on WATER?
When I was 8 I ran intop the swing area and got whacked in the scalp with a galvanized steel baby swing. 8 stitches.
I learned to be more careful after that.
The playground near my house growing up had a hand turned merry-go-round, wooden seats on the swing sets, a see-saw, and a twenty foot high sliding board. Except for a small grassy area near the merry-go-round, the whole playground was concrete. A few years ago, they dug up all the concrete areas, except for the area near the basketball court, and put down mulch. The city ran out of funds to finish getting the park "up to code", even though the neighborhood privately raised over $80,000 to pay the city employees to do the work. (BIG mistake! The city owns the land and wouldn't let them hire private contractors.) What a mess!
Let me know if you would like on or off the WTF! ping list.
That takes me back . . . in the summer, we'd always ride our bikes to the school playgrounds in our neighborhood and beyond. The ones with big sliding boards (called slides in our neck of the woods) were the favored playgrounds. They were grand fun, as long as you were careful of the sun heating up the metal! I never see those around in our part of SE Pennsylvania. Either they were never common here or they've mostly been removed due to safety concerns.
Character-building recess games and activities at my 1970's elementary school playground: 1. Underdog- you pushed a person on a swing higher and higher until you ran underneath them and yelled "Underdog" 2. King of the Mountain- a parking lot worth of snow is plowed into a massive pile which smaller kids were pushed off by bigger kids, 3.Red Rover- two lines of kids with hands locked face eachother- "Red Rover, Red Rover, send Jimmy right over" at such time Jimmy was to sprint over and try to break through the line (or get clothes-lined trying), 4. All the tetherballs had a nice, soft cotton rope to which a grossly overinflated ball was attached with a pronounced metal spring clip, 5. Joust! two people tried to knock the other off a four inch wide balance beam that was 24 inches off the ground (asphalt). I remember lots of good times, the occassional cold compress, and no lawsuits...
Nope. Sorry. That horse is so bright it could cause retinal damage.
Were these young people arrested for attempted teeter-tottering?
One of my favorite Bill Cosby routines is off the "Wonderfulness" album. Well, actually, several of my favorite Cos routines are off that album, but the one I have in mind is where he discusses how he thought as a kid that the playground was intentionally designed to kill him and his friends. Like the swings. Like the spinning wheel. ("Aaaaaaggh!!!") Like the monkey bars. ("Bonk! Oh, oh, oh...) Like the teeter-totter. ("A lot of kids never had a chance to have a low voice because of the teeter-totter...)
OK, I give up. How in the world did I ever make it a full half-century without killing myself while having a little fun?
I wonder if Mexican kids are so short because of these slides. ;-)
1. Our favorite game was Suicide. This is a variation on handball where you must keep the ball in play. If you "boggle" or drop the ball, you need to run to the wall or risk getting thrown out. In Suicide, btw, you are thrown out when the person who grabs the ball after you dropped it throws it HARD at your back.
2. My kindergarter teacher, Mrs. Mayer, allowed us to play with saws and hammers.
Fresh air, dodgeball and soccer...these are the memories that grade school recess is made of.
Actually, what is happening is a rational reaction to a civil tort system gone completely haywire. Look to the trial lawyers and their greedy parents for your playground equipment. They got it in their settlements.
You are right....The teeter totter and swings were my favorite items on the playground.....and I actually lived through my childhood!! Gasp!!!!!! I also rode a bike with no helmet!!!!