It may not be a new idea, but there’s a reason why there are so many playgrounds that don’t include fences.
That’s because we’re in a new world where fences are considered a necessary evil.
While the fences are a safety device, they’re also a way of making sure kids stay connected to one another.
“They’re a safety barrier, they don’t allow for kids to roam,” says Katie Smith, the co-founder of Polygon.
“There’s an inherent lack of physical contact between kids and each other, and when you have a fence, it really isolates them.
And it creates a sense of isolation.”
That’s why the fences at Lakewood High School are so important.
Smith has been an advocate for the fence for years.
Her favorite playground is the school’s own backyard, where kids get to play with other kids.
Smith, who is also a teacher, has seen many problems with fencing in the past.
“I’ve seen kids get really into it,” she says.
“If you’re not paying attention, it could get really bad.
You have to take a lot of precautions to make sure kids don’t get into trouble.”
A fence, Smith says, is a good safety measure, but she can’t imagine a scenario where a child gets hurt.
The fences at the school aren’t just a safety measure.
They’re also an opportunity for kids and their parents to get to know one another and learn more about each other.
“It’s kind of an extra layer of community,” Smith says.
If you’re like us, you’re used to kids interacting with each other in a friendly way.
But that’s not always the case at the park.
“When we’ve had playgrounds, the kids have always kind of been out of bounds, so there’s been a certain amount of separation,” Smith explains.
“That’s kind’t the case with the fences.”
And even if kids aren’t playing in the park, they can still learn from one another in a way that a traditional playground would not.
“Children are naturally drawn to the physical aspects of play,” Smith adds.
“So a playground is a natural setting where kids can learn to interact in a different way, because they have something to do.”
And the physical contact in the playground doesn’t just apply to children.
There are a lot more things that children can learn from their playground.
“We have kids playing in a playpen, or a ball, or the water,” Smith notes.
“The way that kids interact with each others’ bodies is very natural and very healthy, so it’s really important to the environment.”
So why is a fence a safety issue?
The fence is a safety risk Because it’s not a good choice because it makes the playground too isolated, Smith argues.
“Kids don’t feel safe on the playground because there’s too much physical separation,” she explains.
Smith also believes that fences create an environment that kids aren’ afraid to explore.
“Fences create that barrier of separation, where they feel like, ‘There’s no one here, no one I can interact with,'” she says, adding that kids can’t get too involved in a safe environment.
“And that’s a good thing.
But you need to have some kind of physical barrier that allows for the physical interactions to happen.”
So what do you do if you don’t have a good playground?
There are ways to create a safer playground without having a fence.
“One of the biggest barriers to having a playground with a fence is there’s no playground,” Smith suggests.
“You have to build a playground where kids don’ have to have a barrier between them and each others.”
She suggests adding a wall to the playground to create the physical separation.
“A lot of people don’t think about how fences are used,” Smith continues.
“But when you’ve got a fence and it’s so big, it’s very difficult for kids not to walk on the edge.”
The barrier also creates another barrier to a safe playground.
As kids get older, they become more accustomed to playing in small groups.
That creates the need for more physical separation, Smith explains, which leads to a need for a more physical playground.
Smith says it’s important to consider that a playground isn’t the only option for a playground.
She adds that a play area is only one option.
“At the end of the day, the choice is whether you want to spend your time on the park or the playground,” she tells Polygon, “and I think that choice is really, really important.”
Smith suggests a combination of play areas and fences for a safe and enjoyable playground.
While she doesn’t have the answer for everyone, Smith’s passion for safety in her community makes her feel a sense the need to make that choice.
“As parents and educators, it would be great if we could help make a safer world for our kids,” she concludes.
“Whether it’s a