Is being overprotective putting our kids at risk?

Studies show that kids need to experience life and the risks of life to live a long life.

If you are not a fan of Ted Talks, you should be. Ted Talks are brilliant minds putting together short intense talks in their area of expertise. I mentioned several in

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my posts in the past: Great Ted Talks for all Businesses This is an old Ted talk that I believe is the start to understand about being overprotective. This is a great talk about why kids need to experience risks by Gever Tulley 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do. Another one is Bruce Schneier’s talk. The security mirage. He talks about learning to make decisions about risks. Those animals that do, survive, those that don’t are called lunch for another animal.

The talks raise the question “Are we not putting our kids at greater risk by being overprotective?

There has been a recent study that supports this idea. How well done is this study I’ll leave to those of you that understand the correct parameters of a study like this; however, on the surface it portrays some interesting facts.

Let your children cross the road, or risk them being run over say new figures

This study compares the number of parents who do not allow their children to cross the road to the number of children who are hit by cars in the UK. The study was basic; more parents are preventing their children from crossing the road and more kids, when they do cross the road get hit.

The increase in parents who won’t allow their children to cross the road is stunning.

Department of Transport research found last year that, almost half of parents with children aged 7-10 (49 per cent) said they never allowed them to cross the road on their own compared to 41 per cent in 2002.

An eight percent increase in parents who for whatever reason didn’t allow their kids to cross the road.

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Over the same period of time, the number of kids who were killed as pedestrians by vehicles increased.

Over the same period, the number of child pedestrians killed in that age range rose from 10 to 18. The overall rate of road deaths for children under 16 rose by 20 per cent between 2005 and 2006, from 141 to 169.

Granted the overall numbers are small; however, the numbers are still numbers that are thought provoking if not disturbing.

I’ll ready written about the issues in playgrounds. New standards are impossible for cities to meet so it is cheaper to bulldoze the playgrounds. See Playgrounds will be flat soon. We have trained our parents to believe that any injury on a playground is a problem and a payout.

Are we doing a similar thing with children? By being protective, we are not giving them the skills to save their own lives?

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One Comment on “Is being overprotective putting our kids at risk?”

  1. Lawrence says:

    This article makes a valid point. I agree that this current generation of parents are so fear ridden that they are not allowing their children to experience life and learn the dangers of the world on their own. Not to say let the kids run wild but don’t restrict the children to one side of the road because not only will they not know how to properly cross the road when the parent isn’t looking the child is going to cross the road anyway even if its just to get a ball they were playing with, and that’s when the accidents occur.


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