Why Kids are Getting More Aggressive on the Playground

When many of us were growing up, back-to-school time meant excitedly wondering which teacher we’d get, who would be in our class, and if this was finally the year we’d dominate the playground. 

But times have changed: from the monkey bars to red rover to a simple game of tag, playground equipment and activities have become “safer” and sanitized. I say “safe” in quotes because, in our efforts to shield our kids from injury, we often make the problem worse.

As the back-to-school ads begin airing, it feels like the appropriate time to revisit this piece I wrote for the Washington Post, originally posted in March of 2015:

“Why Kids are Getting More Aggressive on the Playground”

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