- Keep an Eye on Things
If an adult is present to monitor the play then your child will be much less likely to walk away injured. Supervision can prevent a game from getting dangerous or out of hand and it sends a message to other adults that your child is protected rather than vulnerable.
- Make a Safety Check
It is important to be sure the area your children are playing in is both physically safe and age appropriate. On a playground you will want to check the equipment for wear or breakage and also the surrounding for any potential hazards. In a yard you may check that nothing potentially hazardous has been left out or that the gate is latched and shut if one is present.
- Be Mindful of the Weather
Whether the season is winter, spring, summer, or fall, outdoor play is an important part of childhood. Even the shortest period of time outdoors can allow a child to receive some much needed fresh air and exercise. Be mindful of the weather before you allow your child to go outdoors. Be sure they are dressed appropriately for the day’s forecasted weather.
- Know your Child’s Limits
Finally, be sure that whatever your child is playing outside; be sure it is age appropriate. The rules and limitations are different if the child is eight as opposed to four. Don’t let a child who is too small play on an older child’s toy, or playground equipment that they don’t possess the skills or strength to handle as of yet.
Each of these considerations will help you decrease your child’s chances of being harmed while playing outside.