Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Parents playing a dangerous game

SPOTTED enjoying the unaccustomed sunshine: a tiny girl, coasting at walking pace on a three-wheeled scooter, dutifully holding Mum's hand. Her small head is dwarfed by a crash helmet.

When we surround our children with ever more protection for their physical safety, I feel that their long-term mental wellbeing is not taken into account.

Somehow we need to strike a balance between reasonable safety precautions and instilling the idea that a walk in the sunshine is fraught with peril.

JULIE HYNDS

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