Children should be allowed to take managed risks if they are to grow into well-rounded individuals.
This is according to explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who told the Yorkshire Post that many youngsters never get the chance to experience fun outdoor pursuits such as rock climbing because their parents or teachers are too scared of them getting hurt.
"With many avenues of life, it's only through taking a bit of a risk that you reap rewards. In the right place, taking risks can be very positive," said Sir Ranulph, who himself has led expeditions to both the north and south poles.
This view is also shared by author Richard Louv, who recently told the Salt Lake Tribune that managed risks could lead to children developing better cognitive abilities and more of an appreciation of nature.
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Waywright trail shoe, which has internal shock pads and rubber heel and toe bumpers.