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Skating/Skateboarding Safety for Little Kids
Skating and skateboarding helps kids develop balance and strength as well as judgment and skill in avoiding obstacles. They’re going to fall for sure, but if you take a few precautions, they’ll get right back up again and keep trying. And isn’t that what being a kid is all about?
Top Safety Tips
- According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children under 5 should never ride a skateboard. This might seem overly protective, but a child’s balance and judgment have not fully developed yet, which means a high risk for a serious injury.
- Every skater should wear a helmet. Wrist guards, knee pads and elbow pads are a good idea for everyone, but especially for beginners. Mouth guards are good protection against broken teeth.
- Buy skates that truly fit in order to make learning easier and safer for your child.
- Limit skating to bike paths or areas set aside in public parks. Kids should ride on smooth, dry surfaces located in a well-lit area and avoid areas near traffic. Streets should be off-limits, as most in-line skating fatalities involve collisions with motor vehicles.