According to a study, letting your children run around helps keep them healthy.
Children who are allowed to take risks while playing may be more likely to reach their exercise goals and stay in shape.
Only around half of British young people are active for the recommended hour each day, while a growing number are overweight and at risk of health problems such as type 2 diabetes.
Data from 645 parents in Australia found that children were more active when mom and dad allowed them to take risks, such as climbing trees or riding bikes.
The study found that helicopter parents were more likely to have disabled children.
Lead author Alethea Jerebine, from Coventry University, said: “It’s understandable that parents want to protect their child, but the balance can tip too far.”
“Adventurous play can help improve a child’s fitness, cognitive function and mental wellbeing – and it’s more fun too.
“This study shows that parents with a relaxed attitude toward risky play have children who are more likely to get the recommended amount of daily exercise.”
The study, published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise, found that most parents were nervous, with 78 percent saying they were “risk averse.”
Mothers were more able to control their child’s behavior than fathers.