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Parenting: newborns to toddlers

Hong Kong’s playgrounds should challenge children and help them grow

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 April, 2018, 2:18pm
UPDATED : Friday, 20 April, 2018, 2:18pm

I am writing in response to the article, “Are Hong Kong’s super safe and boring playgrounds failing our children?” (April 7).

Some people are not happy with our playgrounds because they find them boring and say that the government has focused on safety to the point where some children don’t even want to play there. Their argument is that public playgrounds in Hong Kong barely fulfil leisure needs and fail to serve as a tool for children to learn through play.

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I support their viewpoint. It is important for children to have a challenging environment, as it helps their development. What use is a playground if children do not have fun there? I suggest the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department borrow ideas from original and entertaining designs used elsewhere.

Through adventure and rough-and-tumble play, children learn how to cooperate with others, solve problems and stay tough in adversity. Parents should not keep their children insulated from problems, as they must learn to tackle them. Playgrounds must be exciting places that challenge children, so they look forward to going there.

Kary Kwok, Po Lam