As new statistics are released stating that 16% of children aged 10 and younger have already got fillings in their teeth, do we need to reconsider whether we are doing everything possible to keep our children safe and healthy?
Obviously, child safety is top of any parents list and most people with children would probably say they are great parents but do we really know if they are safe during the times we are not around? We all want our children to have fun and we can’t be with them 100% of the time, especially as they get older, but here are a few things you might want to consider before letting your child leave the house.
Most children’s response to you asking them to wear a helmet will probably be something along the lines of ‘but I’ll look silly’. While this may be the case, there is no room for fashion statements and the importance of wearing one whilst riding a bike, scooter or even wearing ‘Heelys’ is paramount. Even if your child is an accomplished rider, you still cannot control other peoples driving and so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Safety around water
Younger children especially are mesmerised by water and it can often be a fun environment for them for them to play in but the dangers are obvious. It is so easy to slip on the wet surfaces and end up in the water and so it is important to encourage them not to run in these areas. Sun protection is also more important around water as the UV rays can reflect off the surface of the water and cause skin damage without you really knowing.
This is definitely one that parents need to be more and more aware of and the good news is that it is one of the easiest to control. As children become increasingly computer savvy, they are bound to be spending a lot of time on the internet. It is important to set up the right parental passwords and barriers so that they can’t encounter any material they shouldn’t be seeing. Also, with social media sites appealing to younger generations it is a good idea to monitor who your children are speaking to and discourage them from ever meeting up with an internet stranger on their own.
The chances are that your children will spend a lot of their spare time on the local playground or playing field. Although these are often close to residential areas and therefore they are not far from the home, there are still apparent dangers. Try to make sure that the playground they chose to use has rubber, cushioning surfaces so that in the event of an accident they have the best chance of not injuring themselves severely. These surfaces are widely used nowadays and have been a revolution in child safety.
This article is written by Chris Mayhew on behalf of Smith Brothers. They are a leading supplier of rubber playground safety tiles that ensure our children’s safety in play areas across the country.