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Making it safe for children doing height-based activities

Learning outcomes can be achieved without injury or death if adequate safeguards are in place.

Let's not let injuries or deaths cloud the more important educational objective of such activities, the writer says. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: PIXABAY
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How did things turn bad so quickly, I wondered, as medics checked my nine-year-old's vital signs and whisked him off to A&E in an ambulance.

Half an hour earlier, he was having fun in the park and had done six rounds on the zipline. On the last round, he let go of the rope and crashed, head-first, onto the landing platform before tumbling onto rough gravel and sand.

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