Children have inquisitive minds and they love to explore and get into all kinds of mischief, especially when they are old enough to head into your local neighbourhood on their own. Now there are many dangers in the world and chances are you’ve already warned your young ones and taken the necessary step to protecting them. One of the dangers for kids who are more active is to protect their physical form from injury like broken bones and serious cuts. The way to do this is to have the right safety gear. The gear in question is helmets as they shield the skull and the brain, which are the most important areas to protect on any one.
Now, many parents are nonchalant when it comes to protecting their children, not through not caring or cruelty, but just because they don’t see the threat as that worrisome. I’m going to talk you through the most important safety equipment and where and when you need to ensure your brood wear it.
The Various Types
Nothing I tell you here will be that shocking to you; however, it’s always good to be reminded. As I said above, the helmet is the most important equipment as far as safety of a biker is concerned. Here are the others you might want to think about: pads for the shoulders, knees, and elbows. While most kids won’t need all of this, for some it’s quite important. Constant falling onto sensitive bones and joints can cause damage and pain for later life and so it’s important to protect them now. Some parents also like to outfit their children with protective gloves. This is in case they fall and graze their hands and get large scabs that are painful and can cause infection.
Once you feel your kid is protected (and it’s important to protect them most when they’re learning to ride, skate, or use roller blades) you can go out on family trips and holidays together on your bicycles.
Benefits of Getting Children into Cycling
Your children will be a lot healthier when they are getting exercise that is both good for them and that they enjoy; and who knows, if your children are getting into exercise it might make you get your own bike and join them. It’s especially good if you have to commute to work and your boss has a ride to work scheme. You can even calculate cycle to work benefits here for example. If you start your child off early with an interest in bike-riding they may well grow up to be health and environment conscious adults that cycle to work and school. But you must make sure they are protected when they are still young.
For some reason it’s not a law to wear a helmet when cycling like it is in Australia, however, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t vital your child remain protected at all times when out on his or her bike and skateboard etc.
Here is a helpful site that might answer some questions about the activity in this country.
Cotton Wool Babies
They might look a bit silly in front of their friends, but hey, it’s better that they’re safe and protected. You don’t want to wrap your child in cotton wool but neither do you want them to be at risk. You have to find a healthy balance between safety and independence. You can’t watch your kids 24/7 and so you have to protect them as best you can and let them fly on their own.