The Age of Fear: Classic Childhood Games Considered “Risky” in New York

At first, I thought that I was reading a satirical piece from The Onion. But there is nothing funny about it. The New York State Health Department has published a list of risky activities to be used as a guide to determine if organized playgroups in the State should be regulated or not.

Apparently, if your after-school program or kids club includes high risk activities like Wiffle BallKickball or Steal the Bacon, then it should be regulated and subject to fees required to register as an official day camp.

“…That’s right, officials have decided the age-old street game – along with Wiffle Ball, kickball and dodgeball – poses a “significant risk of injury.”

And classics like Capture the Flag, Steal the Bacon and Red Rover are also deemed dangerous in new state regulations for day camps…” [It’s true! continue reading…]

Thank goodness that our kids are safer today; cushioned in the corner of that cozy couch with their ears protected by the softly padded ear buds and their hands warmed by ergonomic video game controllers. We’ve come a long way (okay – so this paragraph is intended to be satirical!  Just in case you were wondering.)


UPDATE: NY State Department of Health retracts new set of playground rules which categorized many classic childhood games as too risky. Common sense prevails! Children cheer!

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