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Sledding Bans Spread; Who Knows if They Actually Work (Nanny of the Month, Jan '15)

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Sure flattening monkey bars, shortening slides, and rubberizing pavement may not actually make kids safer (and it may leave them less prepared for the real, bubblewrap-free world), but the march to make kid's lives duller continues. The latest target: sledding.

Poor kids. Everyone's browbeating them to burn more calories, meanwhile cities and towns across the land are outlawing one of winter's most beloved outdoor activities. City officials will do anything for the children(!), but even most of them seem to acknowledge that sledding bans are more about protecting cities from lawsuits than protecting kids from injuries.  

In fact, bans might actually make sledding more dangerous. They could prompt kids and teens to head to more perilous sledding spots to avoid getting busted. Some cities ban sledding in all but a couple of spots, which could lead to overcrowding and increase the chance of collisions.

1 minute, 33 seconds.

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