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Kid’s Games Unsafe According to NY State

The New York State officials find children’s games like kickball and freeze to be hazardous. Games that have been played even when their parents were kids, are now deemed unsafe and “risky”. Albany officials are looking for children to have a safer summer day camp experience. A list of  dangerous activities was compiled in order to regulate organizations that offer at least two of the harmful activities in their program. If so, it will be considered and summer day camp and will be subject to pay a $200 fee to register as a summer camp as well as provide medical staff. Expenses most organizations can’t afford.

Many parents disagree with this list of so-called risky activities—all having played them themselves as children. In this day and age of kids who sit home all day playing video games, texting, and using the computer—a little physical activity is welcome to most parents. With childhood obesity rising daily, isn’t it a backward move to prevent playing? Diane Mathis, a Health Department spokesperson, says that the list was created in conjunction with many camps who welcome more regulation. She also stated that not all organizations and programs will need to get a medical staff—a plan for medical emergencies will do just fine in many cases. New Yorkers are divided on this issue. Some feel kids are a danger to themselves and play too roughly. Others see nothing wrong with their children enjoying the games and activities they played as kids themselves without any serious harm done.


Angelica Bee

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