skateboard & scooter safety

Skateboards & scooters are popular with the preschool set. Before you let your little speedster hits the road take steps to protect her from head to toe.

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Skateboard & Scooter Safety



Help active kids avoid unnecessary bumps, bruises, and scrapes when they take to the sidewalk on their scooter or skateboard.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has set guidelines for when children should be allowed to use scooters and skateboards. Children should be at least 5 before being allowed to ride a scooter and no younger than 10 before taking up skateboarding. Here are tips to help keep your kids safe when they do "hit the bricks" on these zippy outdoor toys.
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Safety Tips for Kids on the Move

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Kids should wear full protective gear before going out to ride. This means a helmet, wrist guards, and knee pads--regardless of your child's skill level.
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Children should be discouraged from skateboarding or scootering in the street or in other public places, like open squares and plazas.
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Set boundaries for your kids about risky tricks or stunts, but also encourage patience when they are trying to learn an appropriate new trick.
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If your child wants to try challenging tricks, take them to a skateboard park. According to the AAP these parks "are more likely to be monitored for safety than ramps and jumps constructed by children at home."
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Protective padding--when paired with long-sleeved shirts and pants or longer shorts--can protect your child in a fall. You can also help them avoid serious injuries by teaching them the proper way to fall off their scooter or skateboard.
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Never let kids ride their skateboard or scooter in bare feet or in sandals.
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Check out these tips on skateboard safety from kidshealth.org. And take a look at The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons facts on helmet safety.
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