I remember when I was growing up my mom seemed to be the most protective mom in the neighborhood. I couldn’t leave the yard and roam the woods, I had to wear a helmet to ride my bike, and heaven forbid if I wanted to spend the night at the house of a friend that she hadn’t known the parents since birth. Recently, I read the article “Should Backyard Trampolines Be Banned?” This article quickly took me back to my childhood because I wasn’t allowed to be on the trampoline either when all of the other kids were having fun.
At the time, I thought my mom was the meanest woman in the world, but now every parent in society is that way, including me. Once you become a parent your eyes magically widen and you see all of the dangers of the world. Yes, trampolines are dangerous, precautions should be taken, and no my child is not allowed to spend the night with anyone I haven’t known since birth.
Children are the most wonderful thing in the world that can happen to a couple. It’s our job to take care of them and if that means banning all things that can hurt them, then well, I’m all for it. How about you? I know the parents out there agree and our kids will too….eventually.
Many people shudder at the thought of their children having an account on Facebook. Actually, it should be a social media site that parents can trust. The BC coalition has recently issued a plea for Facebook to improve child safety on the web. Robyn Smith reports on the plea for The Hook.
Children’s advocate groups have just released their annual list of toys that you need to avoid this Christmas season. Toys such as magnets and toxic toys topped the list. You also need to be extremely careful when shopping for toys online. Aleksandra Sagan reports on the toy list for CBC News.
As the holidays approach, authorities get more worried about cyber safety and our children. Many children want Internet related products for Christmas and parent’s will get them for them. However, you need to be extra vigilant about keeping an eye on your childs online activity. There are sexual predators everywhere on the Internet and you never know who you are talking to. John Dias reports on the subject for News Channel 5.
Inflatable bounce houses are fun and a great addition to any birthday party. However, experts agree that the houses may just be too dangerous. Statistics show that the ER is full of children with sprains, concussions and even broken bones from falling out of or colliding with other children when jumping. Greg Webb reports for The Legal Examiner.
Should trampolines be banned from being used in backyards. Experts say that many injuries, often serious, happen every year to children from jumping on backyard trampolines. We can’t protect our little ones from everything but we can certainly try. Right? Jennifer Rainey Marquez reports for Parade. Read along and see what you think.
This week in KidSafe we discussed the fact that playgrounds may not be as safe for our kids as we once thought they were. Experts are now saying that maybe they are too safe and don’t teach our children to survive in the real world. Read along and see if you agree with this weeks topics.
- Parents watched on terrified while their children fled in terror when a gunman opened fire as their children exited their North Shore school. Read all about it here.
- Guidelines have been put into place to keep our little ones safe from online sexual predators but what if those safety measures are actually putting them in danger? Read about the concerns in Gillian Burdetts article for Examiner.com.
- The FED’s seized tons of toys that were set to enter the country for Christmas shopping. The toys are said to be full of dangerous lead. Read more about it here.
- Are our playgrounds so safe that they are a danger to our children? Jennifer Rainey Marquez reports here.
- The rumors that the state mismanaged funds that were to be used for kids safety is being investigated. Michael Gardner reports.
- Finally, we discussed the fact that the playgrounds we thought had been made safe for our children, may in fact not be.
For years now we have been told that playgrounds need to be made safer to prevent broken bones, concussions and even death. Now, it looks like from this article, “Have Kids Playgrounds become too Safe?”, experts are maintaining that maybe they are too safe. The fact that there are no thrills and spills on kids playgrounds are said to be taking all of the fun and adventure out of them, making children abandon them for videogames and television. Can this be true?
In my opinion, yes it is true. Children have no sense of adventure anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with 99% of the safety measures in place on our children’s playgrounds but the other 1% needs to be let up on. Let them have some fun. I have been known to be a helicopter parent myself at times…okay, make that most of the time. But even I realize that they have to have some sense of danger to make playing fun. Maybe a compromise should be reached when it comes to playgrounds. After all we played outside in the woods and nothing ever happened to us.
As a society we need to be careful with our childrens safety but we also need to relearn how to let them be kids.
The San Diego State University Research Foundation recently did an audit of the state maintaining that they misused funds that were designated for research. This money was slated to help prevent childhood accidents and deaths from happening. Michael Gardner reports on the audit and the results for the North County Times.
In the old days it was nothing for a child to fall off the monkey bars, skin their knees, then get up and keep on going. In modern times playgrounds have been made so safe that experts worry we are doing the wrong thing. Experts say that coddling our kids on the playground may prevent them from being prepared for life as an adult. Totally safe playgrounds take the thrill seeking adventure out of our children. Jennifer Rainey Marquez reports on the topic for Parade.