5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

Interesting thoughts from Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, below in the video. Not very controversial thoughts here in Norway, but definitely something to think about. Is really all types of protection and warnings making us safer and better at dealing with risk?

Having been a hang glider instructur for 7-8 years I have seen a wide spectre of knowledge and attitudes towards risk; everything from people that are afraid of everything/a lot of things (quite a few of them actually do turn up for intro days before a hang glider course and some even start flying), some that has no idea what so ever how to judge risk, and finally those who do not care about risk (considering breaking an arm is just part of the learning process and an interesting experience). Still, most I have seen on intro days and hang glider courses, at least so far, have a fairely good and healthy perception and understanding of risk, and act accordingly.

3 Responses to “5 dangerous things you should let your kids do”

  1. mike says:

    Interestingly… – statistics from the ski slopes in USA show that the large increase in the use of “crash helmets” on slope has not led to ( the expected!? ) a decrease in deaths.

    The number of deaths remain the same – ( a large percentage of which are due to skiing off slope into trees ) the deaths now due to internal injuries rather than head injuries.

    There are similar ideas in road accidents – people drive wiht more risk as the secondary saftey ( airbags etc ) are increased

  2. mike says:

    ps – could not play or download clip…

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