Un-Wrapping Bubble-Wrapped Kids: The Importance of Risky Play 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 7:30-9:00pm
Lynn Valley Elementary School Gymnasium
3207 Institute Road, North Vancouver
Free, Pls. Register at: LV PAC Educational Programs

There are implications to overprotecting our children. The results of important research on the impact of bubble wrapping children will be shared along with some thoughts on challenges in provision of public venues that foster an appropriate and acceptable level of risky play. As parents and community leaders, we will be challenged to consider how we think about our playgrounds and our parenting in order to maximize healthy child development.
 
Dr. Ian Pike will encourage participants to reflect on their play experiences and those of today’s children. He will also speak to research that has been done on the impact of children not experiencing risk in play and to the focus of the injury prevention field in this area. Dr. Mariana Brussoni will speak to her experience with playground design features to better accommodate risky play for children. She will also speak to research on developmental importance of children’s risky play and the influence on parenting related to risk and safety.

Dr. Ian Pike

Dr. Ian Pike is Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UBC, Director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU), and Co-Executive Director of The Community Against Preventable Injuries. Dr. Pike’s current research is focused on injury indicators for Canadian children and youth, policy indicators, and the development of social marketing campaigns to reduce preventable injuries in BC.

Dr. Mariana Brussoni

Dr. Mariana Brussoni is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and with the British Columbia Injury Research & Prevention Unit. She is a developmental psychologist investigating parents’ perceptions of children’s risk engagement and safety, the influence of nature-based challenging play on child health and development, and promoting developmentally appropriate opportunities for children’s risky play.

Free, Pls. Register at: LV PAC Educational Programs

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