Children should be encouraged to enjoy ‘wild’ swimming: education expert


Children should be encouraged to enjoy ‘wild’ swimming

The Medical Express reports: Keeping young children away from perceived risky activities such as wild outdoor swimming is damaging, according to education expert Dr Sandra Leaton Gray (UCL Institute of Education).


Writing in her book ‘Invisibly Blighted: the digital erosion of childhood’ Leaton Gray says, “Heavily supervised young children of today may simply be more likely to drown as youths because they don’t go swimming very often and their water safety awareness is low, compared to that of children who swim frequently under less supervision.”


She will present her paper, ‘How risky is it to be a child?’ at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference this week.


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