Parent & Teacher Guide to Keeping Kids Safe on the Playground

Updated: Nov 29, 2021

Playgrounds are a great asset to schools and neighborhoods, giving kids a dedicated space for enjoying outdoor play. With extracurricular activities and electronic games regularly taking up more of children's time, the playground offers the precious opportunity for unstructured play and games; however, playgrounds can also pose serious risk of injury. Parents and teachers should know how to find safe playgrounds, supervise play, and educate kids on safe playground use. From selecting safe play equipment to watching out for signs of bullying, parents and teachers have an important role to play during recess or after-school free play.

Injury Information: A Reality Check

While there's no need to spread panic, but it's vital for parents, teachers, and babysitters to know the facts behind playground accidents and injuries. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 45% of all injuries from playgrounds are severe, including fractures, internal injuries, concussions, and dislocations. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Services estimates that over 156,000 children under 14 go to emergency rooms because of playground injuries every year. While these statistics shouldn't scare you away from using playgrounds, they do underline the importance of using playground equipment safely.