Date: Thursday, March 25th at 11 AM

Abstract: Research is clear on the importance of regular and repeated access to outdoor risky play. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of supporting children’s play outdoors is even more urgent to support infection control and child health and well-being. With children spending more time indoors and on screens, engagement in outdoor play has never been lower and inequities of access are widening. We will explore the effects of changing childhoods, as well as strategies to restore balance.

Bio: Mariana Brussoni is BCIRPU’s Academic Scientist, an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and an investigator with the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Mariana is a board member of the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada and on the leadership team of Outdoor Play Canada. Mariana’s research foci include parenting attitudes related to risk and safety; developmental importance of children’s risky play; design of children’s communities and play spaces; and policy to support children’s outdoor play. She has published her award-winning research extensively and been widely featured in international media. Further details available at

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