Sorry if this lifts the lid yet again, but an observation::
Walking my son home from school yesterday, he was on his scooter, wearing a helmet. A couple of his classmates had a go at him for wearing a helmet, thought it was hilarious.
These kids are just 8. So already they have decided helmets are not cool. Maybe it's just a scooter thing and they don't think the same way about helmets and bikes?
Tried hard to hold my tongue on this - especially when it was my son getting the flack! Jasper held his ground tho, asked them what was wrong with it, which they couldn't reply to. But I bet he thinks about it.
Where do they get the idea helmets aren't cool? Their parents?
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Have you seen the film idiocracy?
it wouldn't be funny unless it was true.
Perhaps their parents dont think they have a brain that is worth $20.00
They're kids. Safety gear is never cool. When you're 8, taking risks is cool.
Also what's the top speed of a razor scooter, like 9 km/h? I'd say the kids are probably right...
9 km/h? You need a bigger hill (and a motorbike)...
Totally agree. They're travelling along at walking speed. What exactly is going to happen?
Having said that, it is nevertheless the law. Rule 256 of the Australian Road Rules makes it a crime to ride any sort of bicycle anywhere if you're not wearing a helmet. Section 162C of the Road Traffic Act makes it a crime to ride a "wheeled recreational device" or "wheeled toy" anywhere if you're not wearing a helmet.
So if you push your 3yo along the pavement on their tiny tricycle and they're not wearing their Barbie helmet, you commit a crime.
Not so if they're on a pogo stick or one of those 1970s space hopper things.
We have become a nation of bed-wetters.
Tend to agree - what can I say, a safety-conscious son. Has to be a few around I suppose…
I have seen school children using scooters on the footpath. Cyclists on roads need helmets. Your young son may cycle on the footpath, but needs to develop a helmet habit for when he does cycle on roads. Can you point out the difference to your son? Perhaps show him photos of Aussie pro cyclists in their team lycra and helmets.
he sees enough of me in sweat mode!
If he was on his bike I'd be getting him to wear a helmet, but on a scooter I must admit I wouldn't worry - he's the one wanting to.
Or if he was going to a skate park, as RD6 says, no lid, no skate park.
every day after school I take my lads ( ages 4 and 6 ) to the local skate park, both wear helmets and ride razor scooters. No questions asked. Simple rule here no helmets no skate park
Helmets are a very cultural 'thing'.
Inline skaters pretty much all wear helmets when training.
Ice skaters pretty much never wear helmets when training.
My experience at ice skating tells me that ice is pretty hard (I wear a helmet).
Someone should do a Ph.D. on it (someone probably has).