Page 5 | AIBU to think that children should wear helmets whilst scooting

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Talkwhilstyouwalk Thu 06-May-21 20:33:22

Most children I see riding bikes wear a helmet, but loads of children on scooters do not! Is riding a bike considered more dangerous than riding a scooter? AIBU to think that my (otherwise very sensible) friends who let their children scoot to school without a helmet are risking their children's safety? I get that helmets can be a faff and wearing one messes up my daughters hair, but I'm very firm that if she refuses to wear her helmet then she's walking! Bit embarrassed that we had a showdown about this in front of another mum who lets her child scoot helmet free.

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diamondpony80 Thu 06-May-21 22:59:25

DD goes extremely fast on her scooter and has fallen off (skidded off the edge of the kerb), so yes, definitely helmets for us.

LabiaMinoraPissusFlapus Thu 06-May-21 23:16:04

I think it is over the top, and teaching children to be overly cautious. I have noticed it is a very middle class thing, and have encountered what I perceive to be snobbery about 'no helmet no wheels'! I have spent a lot of time in North London, St Albans and Hitchin though!

PinkElephant7 Fri 07-May-21 06:39:31

@SnackSizeRaisin I'm so with you! Walking/running just as unsafe but no helmet required. Its the perception that wheels are unsafe. And yet total disillusion when it comes to cars.

JemimaJoy Fri 07-May-21 06:50:33

Scooters are nowhere neat as dangerous as bikes. They are slower, easier to jump off etc. Even I wouldn't make my child wear a helmet scooting and I'm a pretty anxious person! My kids have no problem wearing one on a bike tho, they love helmets weirdly.

JemimaJoy Fri 07-May-21 06:51:38

Do your children wear helmets on climbing frames too? Much more dangerous than scooters imo.

Lulu1919 Fri 07-May-21 06:56:47

My children always wore their cycling helmets when on scooters .


NoIDontWatchLoveIsland Fri 07-May-21 07:12:00

I make mine wear helmets. Just kind of on principal. As they get older and start using bikes and scooters on ramps and near roads I want helmet wearing to be deeply ingrained and automatic.

NewPapaGuinea Fri 07-May-21 07:30:11

If what was true? When I say wearing a seatbelt I mean the habit of putting it on. I don’t think it should be a legal requirement.

FedNlanders Fri 07-May-21 07:31:44

Mine age 8 and 4 have to wear helmets on scooters.

Singlebutmarried Fri 07-May-21 07:34:06

The only two times we’ve ended up in a and e with the child have been helmetless scooter related injuries, first time concussion (came off backwards) and second time split eyebrow after catching a wheel in a divot in the pavement.

Definitely wear a helmet.

Talkwhilstyouwalk Fri 07-May-21 08:26:51


Do your children wear helmets on climbing frames too? Much more dangerous than scooters imo.

No but I try to avoid big ones where possible 😂

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FedNlanders Fri 07-May-21 09:25:33

Climbing frames are not next to the road either.

JeanClaudeVanDammit Fri 07-May-21 09:34:06

Most climbing frames have a softer surface than a pavement underneath. It’s more dangerous than walking or running because they can go a lot faster on a scooter than they can walk or run.

I like the suggestion that it’s just a middle class concern though and it’s only the parents of little darlings from St Albans who want to avoid head injuries grin

Emmelina Fri 07-May-21 09:39:14

Mine have all had some really nasty tumbles from the scooter. It’s not through carelessness on their parts, a bit of speed down a hill and a rogue bit of gravel and over they go! No helmet, no wheels here.
Sure, they probably wouldn’t build that kind of momentum at 3 on a little micro scooter, but when do you get them into the habit? From day one.

MuddySocks Fri 07-May-21 09:44:55

Absolutely helmets should always be worn.

I don't understand how people can let their children on scooters / bikes without one to be honest.

Pongo101 Fri 07-May-21 09:55:16

YANBU. My daughter recently had a horrific scooter accident that landed us in A&E. If she hadn't been wearing a helmet, it would have been much worse.

She wasn't looking where she was going, hit a steep kerb, went flying head first over the handle bars.

lanthanum Fri 07-May-21 10:24:05

What worries me about scooters is windy days. If you've ever seen a child on a scooter caught by a gust and propelled suddenly much faster, you'd agree - they could be in front of a car before you have any chance of stopping them. I think our scooter did actually have something in the instructions about only using in good weather, but I doubt many people take any notice.

oohmama Fri 07-May-21 13:01:29

I don't understand how people can let their children on scooters / bikes without one to be honest.


Blows my mind

To be fair, my sister works for a brain injury charity and has seen the worst outcomes of scooter injuries so....

changeruset2748 Fri 07-May-21 13:12:44

YANBU I don't let mine on bikes or scooters without a helmet. I judge every parent with a child on one without a helmet, of which there are many, unfortunately.

idontlikealdi Fri 07-May-21 13:29:57

Always helmets here bikes, scooters skiing and horses. Having it non negotiable across the four just makes it easier.

And it costs a bloody fortune in helmets.

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