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.”

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