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Elephant in the Room

TagParty has always put safety first and firmly believes that playing, or participating, in tactical outdoor laser tag activities actual help prevent the type of incidents that occurred at Sandy Hook school. Our objective has always been to make sure everyone has a safe, fun, active, exciting and a positive social learning experience when playing laser tag, or water tag for that matter. A TagParty event teaches how to work together to achieve an objective, be that obtaining the highest score, or completing mission objectives, for the team. Laser tag is entertaining and fun, but it also qualifies as a team sport. Importantly, like any other supervised group sporting activity it teaches kids how to socialize and work together without hurting each other. It has been well documented1 that social interaction in team sports, similar to tactical laser tag, teaches youth to:
  1. Associate with their peers
  2. Solve conflict
  3. Communicate effectively with their peers and
  4. improve self-esteem as well as lower the chance of depression
Where laser tag has an advantage over other team sports is that it is also a great leveler; a kid who is not a natural athlete, who is over weight, or physically impaired in some way, can still excel and play a valuable team role. The distance you can tag or be tagged at means you do not need to be fast, or agile, and even if your hand-eye coordination is not the best, the ease of targeting does not make this a big disadvantage. Here is a team sport where the geek is on par with the jock and both can play together and respect each others contribution. Laser tag therefore provides a team sporting activity for those who are usually disenfranchised from the benefits of team sports. Not only does laser tag provide peer to peer socialization opportunities, it also provides opportunities for families and close groups. As a parent/guardian, siblings, cousin, friend etc. laser tag is one of the few games where physical size and strength is nullified and you can play as equals, bond with your kids, understand their socialization issues, and put yourself in a position to help as a peer not an authority figure. We do not see the tragic and senseless incidents, like that which took place at Sandy Hook school, being instigated by socially well adjusted individuals. Fundamentally TagParty believe that our tactical laser tag activities are not only fun but they positively contribute to the social development of individuals.  
1Harrison, P., & Naraya, G. (2003). Differences in behavior, psychological factors, and environmental factors associated with participation in school sports and other activities in adolescence. Journal of School Health, 73, 113.
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