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Myth: Children need to be wrapped in cotton wool to keep them safe

November 2008

Trampoline class with teacher holding cotton wool below child

The reality

Health and safety law is often used as an excuse to stop children taking part in exciting activities, but well-managed risk is good for them. It engages their imagination, helps them learn and even teaches them to manage risks for themselves in the future. They won't understand about risk if they're wrapped in cotton wool.

Risk itself won't damage children, but ill-managed and overprotective actions could!

Updated 2012-12-06