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Kids say safe play is so dull.

CHILDREN have complained their playgrounds are too boring because of all the safety restrictions.

Disgruntled youngsters say they are not even allowed to enjoy games such as tag, handstands or even making daisy chains.

Children's groups have called for an audit of boring playgrounds to find out the extent of bans.

Penny Dean, director of the Children's Society, said: "We are asking which games are banned and is it really necessary."

Yesterday was National Playday and charity Play Safety Forum said: "If playing is not exciting, then it will fail, no matter how safe it is."

Research has found children's development can be harmed if they cannot stretch themselves mentally and physically.

The Children's Society surveyed 500 under-15s.

Half were stopped from playing with water and 36 per cent from climbing trees. And 23 per cent said climbing frames, bikes and skateboards were all banned.
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Date:Aug 7, 2002
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