Talks Gever Tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, talks about our new wave of overprotected kids — and spells out 5 (and really, he’s got 6) dangerous things you should let your kids do. Allowing kids the freedom to explore, he says, will make them stronger and smarter and actually safer.

This talk comes from TED University 2007, a pre-conference program where TEDsters share ideas.

3 Comments leave a comment below

  1. Although I laughed along with the rest of the crowd throughout this amusing presentation, I think his message is valuable reflection of the direction of society. Thanks.

  2. Today I finally had the time to watch this movie. It´s great and I would ove to wake the kids up and try out some stuff with them. :)

  3. The caveat here is that I don’t have kids, but that doesn’t mean I won’t put in my two cents ;) Overprotecting your children is almost as bad as letting your TV do the parenting! Even studies done in rats show that babies without ‘stress’ in their lives aren’t as smart or healthy as babies that have normal, everyday stressors. Kids need to learn to solve their own problems and your job is to show them how. How can dependent kids mature into independent adults? They can’t, and when Mommy and Daddy aren’t around anymore, they have no idea how to deal life.