Considers the meaning of “risk” as interpreted by young children and whether they have the skills to weigh up the risk factors of a situation and make a decision accordingly. Discusses the diffuse meanings of “risk” as perceived by those between five and seven and concludes that none understood the adult concept of risk. Suggests ways in which children might be led towards acquiring the concept of “risk” using a variety of strategies, to enable them to know when to take risks and when not to.
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