Take a look at the way your children play today and compare it to the hours you may have spent as a child running, climbing and exploring the great outdoors. Do they get plenty of hours playing outside or do you (and they) wish they were able to spend more time engaging in open-air play?
Fears over the safety of our children in the modern world means that many kids are missing out. So what can be done to encourage safe outdoor play?
Accident Claims have created this infographic which shines a light on the play behaviour of modern children and provides some useful advice on how to keep kids safe during outdoor playtime.
Play it Safe: Outdoor Play and Child Safety
Children should be out playing, enjoying the great outdoors and getting to know the world around them. But changes in the way we live and parental fears over the dangers of the outdoors mean that many children are not experiencing the wonders of al fresco play time.
In 1950, there were 4million cars on UK roads
In 2010, there were 34million cars on UK roads
One third of kids have never climbed a tree
One in ten have never ridden a bike
59% wish they could play out more
21% of 6-15 year olds play outdoors, compared to 71% of parents when they were children
So what can be done to give children a childhood they can look back on fondly, whilst protecting them from harm?
Take a look at these tips on safe outdoor play:
Talk to your neighbours and local council about cordoning off your street for a few hours during half term and create a ‘play street.’ Children are able to play outdoors with other children from the street under supervision of parents and free of traffic.
Teach your child to Stop! Look! Listen! Think! when playing on the street. Road safety is an important lesson and key to preventing accidents.
With all the running and climbing that children do, falls are common. While most are minor bumps, cuts and bruises, others can be more serious. Call the emergency services if:
· The child may have seriously damaged their head, neck, back, hipbone, or thighs
· Is unconscious
· Is having difficult, or stopped, breathing
· Has a seizure
When cycling, skating, or playing on scooters and skateboards, children should always wear a safety helmet.
Kids aren’t always able to gauge distances correctly and often don’t foresee dangerous situation, so it’s important that an adult is always there to supervise children during play and help keep them safe