Play is the main activity of children’s everyday life in all cultures. It provides children with opportunities for learning about the world around them, thus making it significant to children’s healthy growth and development (Brussoni, Olsen, Pike, & Sleet, 2012). However, because the rapid physical growth, strength, motor skills and greater independence of children during their preschool year; they become difficult to supervise and to carry out of danger which places them into the risk of unintentional injury when playing (Hoffnung, et al., 2010). Play is the main activity of children’s everyday life in all cultures. It provides children with opportunities for learning about the world around them, thus making it significant to children’s
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Children’s playtime activity are ending in nearly three-quarters of a million children aged 0-15 years of hospital admission each year from having been injured inside their homes (Smithson, Garside, & Pearson, 2011). Falls off home equipments, being caught between objects or pinned against objects are some of the common issues for hospitalisations. Effective provision of safety equipment such as supports with installation, maintenance of equipment and safety checks can help prevent these injuries at home (Smithson, et al., 2011). However, it would be challenging for families living in rented or extended accommodations to do so because of the limited possibilities for modifying their environment for home safety (Smithson, et al., 2011).
Strategies such as declining children to engage in outdoor free play are considered by some parents and the media as an effective prevention for it keeps their children from the occurrence or risk of injury (Brussoni, et al., 2012). However, research also suggests that implementing this restriction may hinder children’s development physically and mentally (Brussoni, et al., 2012). By having the leisure life of the children just indoors, they will be more prone to problems such as obesity, due to lack of physical activity. Also, it can increase their social isolation, reduce sense of personal control and reduce happiness that may