24 Sep '14, 7pm

Mall rips out play equipment, puts in iPads, because "active play can result in children being hurt"

Mall rips out play equipment, puts in iPads, because "active play can result in children being hurt"

A mall in Canada is so afraid of liability and noise that it has created an 'interactive play park', furnished solely with iPads. Parents are furious. The Guildford Town Centre is a shopping mall in Surrey, B.C., that recently underwent a $280-million redevelopment. Part of that project was to ‘upgrade’ the children’s indoor playground to something that the mall’s spokesperson described as “new and unique.” The result, however, has horrified visiting parents. Gone is the actual play equipment. There is nothing to climb on or play with. In its place is a wall of installed iPads and a few activity wheels for toddlers. This is the sum total of the so-called “interactive play park” that will, presumably, keep kids quiet and entertained. Unsurprisingly, parents are indignant about this change and have been flooding the Guildford Town Centre’s Facebook page with negative comment...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/no-more-play-equipment-...

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