Have We Become Too Concerned With The Safety Of Children?
I sometimes feel that many parents, particularly mothers, would like to, unwittingly”wrap their kids in cotton wool” while most fathers have a tendency to favor a bit of rough and tumble.
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I am not for one moment minimising the risks out there, they’re very real for certain. I am referring to a much different kind of danger.However, has this protection gone too far? I feel that in many ways there is a lot of focus on the security of kids and not enough on just letting them be children, and behave obviously, doing what children have always done, and lived.Here’s a quite humorous tongue in cheek article by a writer who quotes out of a newspaper article about the security of children.Students at the school may still perform these life-threatening acts of reckless acrobatics, but they need to do so only in the immediate presence of a trained gymnastics teacher.Here’s a quite humorous tongue in cheek article by the same writer:AS I was carefully sitting at my desk, preventing paper-cuts and saturated fats, I read the information that Drummoyne Public School had effectively banned cartwheels, hand-stands and somersaults.Pupils at the school might still perform these life-threatening acts of irresponsible acrobatics, but they need to do so only in the immediate presence of a trained Trainers teacher.Or a practising chiropractic pro. Or somebody who has recently worked as a circus clown or film stunt-person. I don’t remember, I was not concentrating.A quick Google search said that other things that have been either”prohibited or suggested for banning in NSW public schools include energy drinks, mayonnaise, kiwi fruit, hugging and the word, Easter”.Some irresponsible people might believe that these bans or almost-bans are similar to packing children in cotton wool rather than allowing them just be children, but I disagree.Public schools are terrifying places full of perils like food, drink, and wide open spaces. We have to safeguard future generations from things such as scraped knees, questionable self-esteem, fun and anything else which may help form thickly well-rounded adults.To be able to ensure that our diminutive darlings are secure should they venture out into the government-sanctioned big wide world for book-learning, I suggest we ban, tough crusts.To minimise bleeding teeth that can become dangerously infected leading to passing, sandwiches which have crusts any stronger than a wet piece of paper will be prohibited.Really, let’s just remove crusts completely to be on the secure side. The bonus is a reduction in curly-haired kids, who can make a playground look untidy.Laughing itself isn’t particularly hazardous. However, the sharp intake of breath immediately after a normal laugh signifies a choking risk, especially if there are really no hard crusts or insects within inhalation range.It’s recognized that laughter is a natural, automatic response in certain situations and cannot be helped. So students are advised to prevent any situations which might be regarded as”funny”. Anyone attempting to be comical will be suspended immediately.It is a scientific actuality that those who walk are at a far higher risk of tripping more than walking into walls and going to the stores to buy cigarettes than people who do not walk.Walking may be allowed in the immediate presence of a suitably qualified doctor or cautious athlete – in which it’s absolutely crucial.Not one war has ever been waged without understanding (although a few boxing matches have) and nobody was shot without learning where to get their hands on a gun.One hundred per cent of people who suffocate are proven to have been breathing immediately ahead. I found the article hilarious and while the author makes it all a bit fanciful, I believe she is not too far off the mark. Children are a lot more resilient and more intelligent than we give them credit for, including infants.I chose when I had kids I wouldn’t be placing protective pieces of plastic around the corners of tables. Nor safety locks on cabinets. And also teach them how to eat and drink from non plastic food dishes and cups.My fear for them was plastic. As for those cot bumper pads that they were eventually reported to be a most dangerous so-called safety thing for babies.Babies and young children use their eyes and legs and have enough intelligence to manoeuvre themselves about these obstacles they discover as they delightedly crawl and creep around their homes.We should not spoil it for them but keep watch whilst allowing them the pure pleasure of exploring their home atmosphere.Despite not needing all these safety measures set up for my babies, they thankfully explored the rooms of our house with no injuries. None of them opened cabinets and drank poisonous kitchen stuff.