Childhood at risk

2008-06-16 00:00

A local father reminisces: “I grew up in Hilton when it was still a village with dirt roads. We used to spend all day riding our bikes, fishing in the quarry dam and doing some pretty naughty things. We had a huge fun.” Now that he is the father of an eight-year-old boy, I ask if he allows his son the same kind of risky fun that he enjoyed. His response is immediate and emphatic: “Never. I would never let him do the kind of things I did.”

A RoSPA spokesman said: “Climbing trees and falling out of them is all part of growing up and having small injuries helps children learn about risks. It’s a good thing to try to equip children and young people and help them make informed decisions about the risks that they take.” publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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