Schools are giving students the opportunity to build resilience by adopting the ‘anti-cotton wool’ approach and encouraging kids to get out and play.
Schools across Perth are letting students ride on bikes and scooters, play on trampolines and even climb trees.
There is believed to be many benefits to the approach, resulting in more focus in the classroom, ABC reports.
Schools that encourage physical activity say that the students are happier and healthier, and are able to play more creatively and cooperatively.
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With the current ‘obesity epidemic’ and children being captivated by screens, schools are hoping to get children out and about on the playground.
Honeywood Primary School in Perth’s south has implemented weekly ‘Wheels on Wednesday’, where students are allowed to bring scooters, bikes and skates to school.
As long as students follow conditions of wearing a helmet and having signed permission from parents, they’re allowed to ride around the school grounds during recess and lunch.
Principal of the school Maria Cook said that the program was very popular with both parents and the students.
Ms Cook believes that teaching the kids to manage some risk is positive and thinks that ‘cocooning’ them isn’t a good idea.
There are also trampolines at the school that they encourage the students to use, allowing them to do flips and tricks.
The program is teaching students to be active and improves their skills while having fun with their friends.
Is this the answer to beating the obesity crisis? Much better option than weighing and measuring kids!
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